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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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No! Ho! Ho! See more »


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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


The radio that Spike uses to contact the police to have them delay from the airport is an HF radio, used by amateur radio operators, and is not able to transmit (and is not allowed) on the police bands. See more »


Nora Krank: Why would we want to get tans before the cruise? I thought the idea was to get them DURING the cruise.
Luther Krank: Look at us, we kind of look like uncooked chicken.
Daisy: You look like a corpse.
[to Nora]
Daisy: And you could use some help too.
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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »


The Christmas Song
Written by Sune Wagner (as Sune Rose Wagner)
Published by Juvenile Delinquent Music
All rights administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by The Raveonettes
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Overly bashed, you may actually enjoy this
12 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Okay, if you've read the reviews and the comments, and seen the user rating, you probably are wanting to avoid this movie at all costs. But before you decide, I strongly suggest you read this. First off, many of the negative critiques have a lot of validity. This is indeed a flawed film. It however has become very popular to bash this film. Many of the more outrageous complaints about it seem to have more to do with the fact that many people seem to jump on a bandwagon, and not only deem this movie sub-par, but utterly awful. Here are the things that are indeed true. First, the movie doesn't really stick to a central message about Christmas, and how the characters should handle the bullying by their neighbors. Second, Jamie Lee is way over the top throughout most of the movie. She does seem to do a little too much screaming. Third, many of the jokes are indeed predictable, and might be rehashes of things you may have already seen. And finally, there is a real believability gap in many of the events that take place.

But there are definitely some redeeming factors as well. First, this is a family friendly film. I can't see anyone but the most extreme fundamentalist being offended. If you don't mind somewhat predictable, or exaggerated humor, there are a few fairly good laughs throughout. Also, although the message gets very muddled, it does end with a strong comment about selfishness and selflessness, providing a sappy, but feel good ending. (if you don't choke on the sugar coating.

Do I highly recommend this movie. Nope. But if you don't mind clean, sappy, family friendly humor, by all means go. I really think a lot of the truly nasty reviews stem more from a cinical and jaded perspective, as well as a tendency to jump on the bandwagon, than the actual quality of the movie.

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