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
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When their beautiful blonde daughter goes off to spend Christmas in the Peace Corps, apparently wealthy suburban Chicago couple Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis (as Luther and Nora Krank) decide to skip celebrating the holiday. For unexplained reasons, Mr. Allen needs to save money. He figures to save around $3,000 by taking Ms. Curtis on a Caribbean cruise. Allen later says, "It's not about the money." Well, he and Curtis plan to wear skimpy bikinis and copulate on days other than Saturday. Allen's neighbors are miffed. They especially miss seeing the Kranks decorate their house and lawn. Every year, Allen puts a "Frosty the Snowman" ornament on his roof. Jolly challenged Dan Aykroyd (as Vic Frohmeyer) leads a campaign to free Frosty...
Everything changes when their daughter decides to come home for the holiday, after all. Now, the Kranks must arrange their annual Christmas party and decorate at lightning speed...
Allen and director Joe Roth rely on a lot of physical comedy. None of it is especially funny. Partially, this is because the story makes little sense. The unappealing leading man has been very popular on television and stand-up comedy. Here, he may simply be out of his element. There is filmmaking competence evident. For example, the editing and camera-work during Curtis' supermarket pursuit of a holiday ham would have worked in a better movie. "Christmas with the Kranks" is garish and obnoxious. It celebrates blanketing your house with lights, conforming to the crowd, and gross materialism. Some TV airings delete most of the "speedo and bikini" scene involving Allen and Curtis. You may only see the best of Curtis' bikini. Count your blessings.
** Christmas with the Kranks (11/15/04) Joe Roth ~ Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, M. Emmet Walsh
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