A father needs to get a Turbo Man action figure for his son just before Christmas. Unfotunately, every store is sold out of Turbo Man figures, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else to find a Turbo Man figure.
A young boy, his family, and the migrant workers they hire to work their cotton farm struggle against difficult odds to raise and sell the crop. Meanwhile, the boy dreams of living in ... See full summary »
Robert Sean Leonard
A little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus. Her mother told her the "secret" ... See full summary »
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
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 »
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 »
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. See more »
Tim Allen is a prick and Jamie Lee Curtis is scared little housewife
When their daughter Blair (Julie Gonzalo) leaves home to go to Peru for the Peace Corp, Luther Krank (Tim Allen) decides to skip Christmas and go on a cruise with his wife Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis). He refuses to do anything related to Christmas causing resentment from the rest of the neighbors led by Vic Frohmeyer (Dan Aykroyd).
Tim Allen usually plays arrogant pompous pricks. This character is best balanced out by somebody more reasonable. The resulting conflict is where the comedy comes from. In this movie, Tim Allen plays an especially large prick. The problem is Jamie Lee Curtis plays such a weak compliant partner. She is some kind of scared '50s housewife. The partnership doesn't generate any comedy at all.
Then there are the neighbors. They are too annoying. In fact, everybody in this movie are too annoying, well everybody except the cancer lady. They are as ridiculous and unreasonable as Luther Krank. Luther Krank writes a letter to everybody telling them that he's not Scrouge, but that's what this is. The big disappointment is Jamie Lee Curtis. She's suppose to fight back. Without that, there is no comedy. It's just a lot of annoying people bickering.
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