MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 775 this week

Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

5.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.1/10 from 21,220 users   Metascore: 22/100
Reviews: 189 user | 102 critic | 33 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $7.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Live Chat with Keanu Reeves

We conducted a Live Chat with Keanu about his upcoming film John Wick.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 34 titles
created 10 Nov 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 12 Dec 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 14 Jan 2013
 
a list of 41 titles
created 21 Apr 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

Christmas with the Kranks (2004) on IMDb 5.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Christmas with the Kranks.
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When a man inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

Director: John Pasquin
Stars: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Two neighbors have it out after one of them decorates his house for the holidays so brightly that it can be seen from space.

Director: John Whitesell
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Danny DeVito, Kristin Chenoweth
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Scott Calvin has been a humble Santa Claus for nearly ten years, but it might come to an end if he doesn't find a Mrs. Claus.

Director: Michael Lembeck
Stars: Tim Allen, Spencer Breslin, Elizabeth Mitchell
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Santa, aka Scott Calvin, is faced with double-duty: how to keep his new family happy, and how to stop Jack Frost from taking over Christmas.

Director: Michael Lembeck
Stars: Tim Allen, Martin Short, Elizabeth Mitchell
Fred Claus (2007)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Fred Claus, Santa's bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole.

Director: David Dobkin
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A college student experiences difficulty in getting home for Christmas after being hazed by his friends. While struggling to get home in time for Christmas, he learns quite a bit about ... See full summary »

Director: Arlene Sanford
Stars: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jessica Biel, Adam LaVorgna
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A father decides to dream the impossible; to get a Turbo Man action figure for his son just before Christmas.

Director: Brian Levant
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A man tries to live a normal life despite the fact that he sometimes turns into a sheepdog.

Director: Brian Robbins
Stars: Tim Allen, Kristin Davis, Craig Kilborn
Freaky Friday (2003)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An overworked mother and her daughter do not get along. When they switch bodies, each is forced to adapt to the others life for one freaky Friday.

Director: Mark Waters
Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, Mark Harmon
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Two men get laid off and have to become stay-at-home dads when they can't find jobs. This inspires them to open their own day-care center.

Director: Steve Carr
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Jeff Garlin, Anjelica Huston
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A creature is intent on stealing Christmas.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Kelley
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A New Yorker suddenly learns he has a thirteen-year-old son who's been raised in the jungle. He brings the boy to New York city, and that's where the fun starts.

Director: John Pasquin
Stars: Tim Allen, Martin Short, JoBeth Williams
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Their Christmas will turn the town upside down! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

24 November 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Grisham's Skipping Christmas  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$73,701,902 (USA) (7 January 2005)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Tom Poston's final film See more »

Goofs

The front of the Krank house changes at one point of the movie. Normally, the bay window is on the left side of the house and the door knob on the front door is on the right side of the door. In the scene after Luther has iced his front walkway, when the mailman is walking across his yard, the bay window is on the right side of the house and the door knob is on the left side of the front door. Strangely enough, the house number still reads 1482 correctly. See more »

Quotes

Nora Krank: We skip Christmas!
See more »

Connections

References White Christmas (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

White Christmas
(1940)
Written by Irving Berlin
Published by Irving Berlin Music Co.
Produced by Craig Costigan and Jeff Sparks
Performed by Duplex
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
The first half of the movie is much better than the second half
1 January 2006 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

The first part of this movie is filled with dark humor and makes a worthwhile statement: Most of those who celebrate Christmas do so because of the trappings, not because of the substance. The huge snowman that each family who lives on the block is supposed to inflate and put atop their house points to the frivolity of the holiday for the average observer. I haven't read John Grisham's book "Skipping Christmas" yet but the first half of the film seems to be pure Grisham. Luther Krank (Tim Allen) is something of an antihero declaring his own private little war on Christmas abuse, unlike Dickens' Scrooge who simply doesn't want to be bothered with the holiday because he's a miser and worships money. Nora Krank (Jamie Lee Curtis) on the other hand really wants the show of Christmas to impress the neighbors and not to rock the boat. Having her only child Blair Krank (Julie Gonzalo) away from home at Christmas for the first time kills her holiday spirit anyway. She is pictured as a doting mom who has spoiled her child rotten at the expense of her marriage and anything else not involving Blair. The second half of the film becomes a standard traditional type outing with Luther Krank being the scrooge-like selfish oaf who wants to spoil it all with his bah, humbug attitude. He comes around by giving the best gift of all to his neighbor whose wife is dying of cancer. In other words, the film cops out during the second half and with it the humor sours. A potentially funny holiday treat becomes just another lame copy of "It's a Wonderful Life."

There are some truly funny sequences during the first part of the movie. Note when Luther Krank waters down his sidewalk to make it slippery for the terrible carolers. Keep your eye on the neighbor's cat. The botox part is excruciatingly laughable with Tim Allen at his best. The tanning scene with the glorious Tom Poston as the Krank's priest is also hilarious. Too bad this level of humor was not maintained throughout.

The cast is well chosen with one exception. Cheech Marin is wasted in a thankless role. When given a chance he can be a funny man.


12 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What a disgraceful piece of garbage benbigwig-1
Jamie Lee Curtis bikini xlamashtu
if they're skipping christmas... centipede84
I Hated This Movie captpan
Did anyone notice the over-reactions from the mom fivecardstud14
I have a question! brano05
Discuss Christmas with the Kranks (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page