Happy Thanksgiving, Fred Claus, And A Challenge

by derek on November 21, 2007 · 13 comments

First and foremost, I just wanted to take a quick moment to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
While I know that not everyone will be celebrating with those of us in the US, I am sure that just about all of you have a few things to be thankful for this year. There are many things that I am grateful for this year and that includes all of you.
As I take a break to spend some time with family and friends over the next few days, I wanted to be sure to express my thanks to all of you for being a part of this community and helping me continue to push this blog to new heights.

Fred Claus

Fred Claus

Today was a day off from work and school for everyone in our house, although the weather was absolutely terrible. Therefore we decided to head out to the movies and the kids selected Fred Claus.
Fred Claus, played by Vince Vaughn, is the older brother of Nicholas (Santa) Claus, played by Paul Giamatti, and he is tired of living in the shadow of his well-known younger brother.
When Fred pays a visit to the North Pole, there are a few laughs as the two brothers work through a few issues. Fred does not exactly enjoy spending time with the family, although he is reminded of the importance of being a good brother.
Overall, I thought this movie was a decent family movie with a few laughs throughout. There were a few moments that made me wonder if that is how my two sons will treat one another as they get older, as well as a few positive lessons for everyone to take away from the movie.
However, I would not recommend going into this movie with high expectations.

Turkey Challenge

Before signing off to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with my family, I wanted to mention the Thanksgiving turkey challenge that I made over at Dad Balance.
Do you have what it takes to enter the challenge?
Have a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving!

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Male Pattern Baldness November 21, 2007 at 9:55 pm

I would love to see this movie, I like such kind of movies. I would love to show my kids this movie.


Furniture Stores November 21, 2007 at 10:17 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well Derek. It doesn’t matter that the rest of the world does not celebrate American festivals such as thanksgiving, or Halloween or even 4 of July etc. Hollywood and American TV have ensured that these days and and the traditions of celebrating them are known all over the world. This new movie you talked about is a case in point.


BloggingIain November 22, 2007 at 7:05 am

heh. Nice. Keep up the good blogging.


Setanta November 22, 2007 at 12:02 pm

Lovely story – I wish we had Thanksgiving here in the UK. It seems to really bring a nation together.


Brown Baron November 22, 2007 at 5:39 pm

Have a great time with your family buddy. Happy turkey day!


Prija November 25, 2007 at 4:49 am

happy turkey day to you too. vince doesn’t seem as funny as before.


Male Pattern Baldness November 25, 2007 at 10:09 pm

How was everybody’s thanks giving week ????


Prija November 26, 2007 at 4:14 am
Josh Spaulding November 26, 2007 at 5:03 pm

Although I’m American, it’s nice to see someone mentioning those who aren’t American in their blessings 😉 That’s something many of us forget, were not all American.
I’ve been wondering how good that money was, I’ll have to go see it.


Acne November 26, 2007 at 6:54 pm

I thought Fred Claus was a hilarious movie. But everyone is entitled to differences of opinion. I hope you enjoyed your thanksgiving holidays as i surely enjoyed myn.
Regards Andy


derek November 26, 2007 at 8:45 pm

@MPB :: It is worth seeing as a matinee when the prices are a little cheaper, although I guess I feel that way about any movie as I am not one to pay full price for a movie very often. Our Thanksgiving was fantastic, thanks for asking!
@FS :: Thanks! That is a great point about how American television and movies have brought (or pushed) aspects of our culture to other countries.
@Blogginlain :: Thanks!
@Setanta :: If you visit any of the busy airports on the day before Thanksgiving, I am not sure you would say it brings people together. Airports are a zoo with very stressed out people, lol.
@Brown Baron :: Thanks bud, had a great time with the family!
@Prija :: Thanks! I think Vince has seen better days in terms of funny movies but he did a decent job with this role. Thanks for the tag as well, I’ll try to get to that soon.
@Josh :: It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that way but particularly with blogging, we really need to think more on a global scale and not just close to home.
@Andy :: Thanks for the comment and I am glad to hear that you had a nice Thanksgiving.


pauletet July 26, 2008 at 9:59 pm

Happy thanks giving!


tom December 24, 2010 at 10:21 am

Fred Claus was better than I expected. I knew I liked Vince Vaughn, but with bad scripts I knew he could not always save a movie, and I had my doubts til seeing this on TBS recently.


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