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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


M. Emmet Walsh and Tom Poston were both recurring actors on Tim Allen's Home Improvement (1991). See more »


The tanning bed employee's hair and outfit change between when Nora and Luther arrive and when Nora is looking for a band-aid. See more »


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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Written by Johnny Marks
Published by St. Nicholas Music Inc.
Performed by Billy May and His Orchestra (as Billy May & His Orchestra) with vocal by Alvin Stoller
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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27 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw the movie Christmas with the Kranks for the first time in theatres. I now own it. I really liked it. It was a light, funny, laid back movie. I don't know why so many people disliked it. I think that you have to have a certain sense of humor to think it was funny. I thought the plot was very entertaining and yes heartwarming. What's wrong with a heartwarming movie about spreading Christmas joy. Why is it so unrealistic? Is it really impossible anymore for people to be nice to one another? To be thoughtful. I think this movie portrays the values of enjoying the little things and simple things in life and perhaps this is why people automatically think this movie is dumb because they don't enjoy and embrace the little things and therefore they are quick to say these certain situations are unrealistic. All movies are a little unrealistic. So what. Like lord of the rings is realistic? come on folks. lighten up.

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