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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
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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