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

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24 November 2004 (USA)  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$73,701,902 (USA) (7 January 2005)
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The title of the John Grisham book on which the film is based is "Skipping Christmas". It wasn't used for the film to avoid confusion with another Christmas-themed film, Surviving Christmas (2004). See more »

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Blair says she's leaving for the jungle of Peru with the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps does not place any volunteers in the jungle regions of Peru, but rather just the coastal and highland areas. See more »

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Nora Krank: [Luther explains his idea for the cruise] How much is this going to cost?
Luther Krank: $3,000.
Nora Krank: We SAVE money?
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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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