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Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family  |  24 November 2004 (USA)
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With their daughter away, the Kranks decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holiday 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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Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 November 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Grisham's Skipping Christmas  »

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,868 (Iceland) (26 November 2004)


$73,701,902 (USA) (7 January 2005)

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Did You Know?


The swimsuits the models are wearing in the advertisement for the cruise the Kranks are taking are the same ones Luther and Nora wear when they go tanning in the mall. See more »


When the carolers come up the walk and slip on the ice that Luther made, you can see the ice flex when they land, showing that it is a flimsy platform on top of the ground. See more »


Blair Krank: I'm bringing home Enriqué!
Luther Krank: What's a reeké?
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References White Christmas (1954) See more »


Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)
(aka "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)")
Written by Johnny Ramone (as John Cummings), Dee Dee Ramone (as Douglas Colvin), and Joey Ramone (as Jeff Hyman)
Published by Taco Tunes, Inc.
Performed by The Ramones
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing and courtesy of Ramones Productions Inc.
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Tim Allen likes him some Jamie Lee Curtis...
8 October 2008 | by (Texas, United States) – See all my reviews

Jamie Lee Curtis, the woman known for her curves in "Halloween" and "True Lies", is combined with 'Tool Time' Tim Allen for a Christmas movie. I guess that answers the question: "Can Tim Allen get the same women Arnold Schwarzenegger can get?". Unfortuneatly, yes he can. Although I wouldn't want Mr. Allen to run for political office.

What we have is, for the most part, an average Christmas movie with the main protagonist not wanting to join the festivities. Instead, with JLC, he plans a Caribbean vacation. And while it works for the most part, it all unravels when his daughter decides to come home for X-Mas unexpectedly.

It sure does take a long time for the film to get going. Seriously, over an hour of the film is about Allen and Curtis avoiding Christmas. And while there were some kind of crazy moments, nothing that was really funny. The only time it was kind of funny was when Tim Allen And Jamie Lee Curtis go to the tanning salon and wear skimpy bikini outfits.

So many things could have been funny. We could have had Allen and Curtis just hating Christmas, much like Bill Murray did in "Groundhog's Day". Instead, we are left to ponder. Nobody goes insane. It is, for the most part, everybody lives happily ever after type at the end.

Where is the comedy? Jamie Lee Curtis in a two-piece bikini and Tim Allen in a one-piece bikini is not enough to keep this film afloat. Overall, below average. Bad script hurt this one. "D+"

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