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
Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Akroyd had previously starred in Trading Places, My Girl, and My Girl 2 together. They play neighbors in Christmas With the Kranks rather than love interests as they have in their previous movies. See more »
After Frohmeyer organizes the emergency Krank Christmas Eve party for Blair, he has to encourage everyone to pitch in despite Luther's behavior. But, who was the immature person? Luther, who only wanted to skip Christmas and go on a cruise with his wife to get over not being able to see his daughter at Christmas? Or the whole neighborhood, who tried to force him to participate in Christmas against his wishes, harassing Luther and Nora constantly? 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
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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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