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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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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)

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$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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Goofs

Nora, at lunch with Candi and Merry, reveals that the Kranks are avoiding Christmas and that there will be no Christmas Eve party. Candi asks the question "When do you leave?". Nora had not mentioned the cruise. See more »

Quotes

Nora Krank: What are you doing? It's not even Saturday night.
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Merry Christmas (To All of the World)
Written by Jean Beauvoir
Published by Hot Boy Music, admin. by Almo Music Corp. and JR Motion Picture Music Company admin. by Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Produced by Steven Van Zandt (as Little Steven) and Jean Beauvoir
Performed by Jean Beauvoir
Courtesy of Wicked Cool Records
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Get exactly what you expect.
14 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is one of those films that you can't ignore the obvious manipulation. Each scene is telegraphed a mile a way, with no real attempt to mark new ground. No, this film is exactly what it is intended to be; holiday good cheer and nothing more. In that respect, the film is successful and in the end, a harmless holiday movie that tries to help us forget all the real world darkness going on.

Tim Allen seems to be carving out a career with these Christmas movies. Though his performance is not even close to his Santa character, he still manages to put in a performance that has some memorable moments (the scene after his fat injection is a hoot). Jamie Lee is over the top and at times can be a little too much, but still, she fits right in with the rest of the decorations that are wrapped around this Christmas tree of a movie. I give it a 6 because let's be honest, it is totally predictable and corny. But as I mentioned, it is a welcome to all the negative things going on right now.


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