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Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

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With their daughter away, her parents decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holidays at the last minute.

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Luther Krank is fed up with the commerciality of Christmas; he decides to skip the holiday and go on a vacation with his wife instead. But when his daughter decides at the last minute to come home, he must put together a holiday celebration. Written by Anonymous

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Their Christmas will turn the town upside down! See more »

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Comedy | Family

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Rated PG for brief language and suggestive content | See all certifications »

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24 November 2004 (USA)  »

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John Grisham's Skipping Christmas  »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$509,335 (Australia) (17 December 2004)

Gross:

$73,701,902 (USA) (7 January 2005)
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Lots of deleted and alternate footage appears in the movie's trailer (included in the "Previews" section on the DVD). Some examples are:
  • A book being opened to a photo of the Krank family.
  • Nora Krank taking a photo of her husband and daughter outside their house.
  • Luther Krank with a device in his mouth, obviously sitting in a dentist's chair to get his teeth whitened and/or fixed.
  • Luther Krank driving home with the skimpy tree on the roof of his car getting heckled by another motorist.
  • A different cruise advertisement in the travel agency's window.
  • Luther Krank showing his botox-injected face in the hospital. (We only see it for the first time in the scene afterwards where he's eating with his wife.)
  • The shot of Blair Krank saying goodbye to her parents at the airport doesn't have a screen credit over it as it does in the actual film.
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Luther Krank sees the advertisement of a Carnival Ship then books passage on what he refers as the luxury ship Jubilee. The Carnival Jubilee was one of Carnival's smaller "Holiday" class ships that first sailed in 1986. Shortly before this movie was made, the Jubilee was transferred to P & O lines of Australia and became the Pacific Sun. There is no way Luther could have sailed on the Jubilee in Christmas of '04. See more »

Quotes

Nora Krank: You forgot the white chocolate!
Luther Krank: They didn't have any.
Nora Krank: Did you talk to Rex?
Luther Krank: Who's Rex?
Nora Krank: The butcher.
Luther Krank: ...as odd as it sounds, I didn't think to ask the butcher where the chocolate was!
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Overly bashed, you may actually enjoy this
12 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Okay, if you've read the reviews and the comments, and seen the user rating, you probably are wanting to avoid this movie at all costs. But before you decide, I strongly suggest you read this. First off, many of the negative critiques have a lot of validity. This is indeed a flawed film. It however has become very popular to bash this film. Many of the more outrageous complaints about it seem to have more to do with the fact that many people seem to jump on a bandwagon, and not only deem this movie sub-par, but utterly awful. Here are the things that are indeed true. First, the movie doesn't really stick to a central message about Christmas, and how the characters should handle the bullying by their neighbors. Second, Jamie Lee is way over the top throughout most of the movie. She does seem to do a little too much screaming. Third, many of the jokes are indeed predictable, and might be rehashes of things you may have already seen. And finally, there is a real believability gap in many of the events that take place.

But there are definitely some redeeming factors as well. First, this is a family friendly film. I can't see anyone but the most extreme fundamentalist being offended. If you don't mind somewhat predictable, or exaggerated humor, there are a few fairly good laughs throughout. Also, although the message gets very muddled, it does end with a strong comment about selfishness and selflessness, providing a sappy, but feel good ending. (if you don't choke on the sugar coating.

Do I highly recommend this movie. Nope. But if you don't mind clean, sappy, family friendly humor, by all means go. I really think a lot of the truly nasty reviews stem more from a cinical and jaded perspective, as well as a tendency to jump on the bandwagon, than the actual quality of the movie.


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