Downtime: Nov. 19, 2007

5 Things That Want to Entertain You.

What to seek out and what to avoid, from Heidi Klum to Frankenstein


Fred Claus Directed by David Dobkin; screenplay by Dan Fogelman; rated PG; opens Nov. 9

Paul Giamatti as Santa Claus and Vince Vaughn as his loser brother Fred, in a holiday jape from the director of Wedding Crashers and one of the writers of Cars: that should be funny. Except, no. The laughs come too rarely, the sentiment is tricked up, and this attempt at a Christmas perennial wilts faster than a cheap balsam choked with tinsel. D



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