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Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

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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.

Director:

Joe Roth

Writers:

John Grisham (novel), Chris Columbus (screenplay)
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Allen ... Luther Krank
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Nora Krank
Dan Aykroyd ... Vic Frohmeyer
M. Emmet Walsh ... Walt Scheel
Elizabeth Franz ... Bev Scheel
Erik Per Sullivan ... Spike Frohmeyer
Cheech Marin ... Officer Salino
Jake Busey ... Officer Treen
Austin Pendleton ... Umbrella Santa / Marty
Tom Poston ... Father Zabriskie
Julie Gonzalo ... Blair Krank
René Lavan ... Enrique Decardenal
Caroline Rhea ... Candi
Felicity Huffman ... Merry
Patrick Breen ... Aubie
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Storyline

As strange as it may sound, the Kranks, the award-winning couple for their cheerful Christmas spirit, have decided for the first time, to skip this year's annual festivities when their daughter, Blair, departs for Peru, after joining the Peace Corps. With the intention to save the staggering amount of $6,000-plus spent on previous year's holiday season, the Kranks are determined to invest the money on a sun-drenched, 10-day Caribbean cruise, much to their friends and neighbours chagrin. However, that is easier said than done, and before long, menacing phone calls and angry protests on the snow-covered pavements will betray that there is definitely no easy way out for the traitorous couple who has turned its back on Christmas. And then, unexpectedly, Blair and her new fiancé are coming home, unbeknownst to them that the empty family nest is far from ready for the event. Can the Kranks "generate" Christmas out of nothing in less than a few hours? Written by Nick Riganas

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bikini | christmas | cat | singing | arrest | See All (64) »

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:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Grisham's Skipping Christmas See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,570,867, 28 November 2004

Gross USA:

$73,780,539

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,593,018
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film is based on the John Grisham book "Skipping Christmas". This is also the headline that appears in the newspaper article after the tanning salon incident. See more »

Goofs

Luther Krank states that he has spent six weeks planning the cruise when in fact he got the idea the day after Thanksgiving, the day he took Blair to the airport. Though we all may wish for more time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, there has never been "six weeks" between them. See more »

Quotes

Vic Frohmeyer: Nora Krank, we're here for Frosty!
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Connections

Referenced in Don't Quit Your Gay Job: Latin Ballroom Dancer (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)
(1989)
(aka "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)")
Written by Johnny Ramone (as John Cummings)
[Incorrectly co-credited to Dee Dee Ramone (as Douglas Colvin), and Joey Ramone (as Jeff Hyman)]
Published by Taco Tunes, Inc.
Performed by Ramones
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing and courtesy of Ramones Productions Inc.
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Horrible movie
12 December 2004 | by quiksilverboy51See all my reviews

My girlfriend and I went to view "Christmas with the Kranks," and I must say that it was the biggest waste of $17 that I've ever spent. Every person who plays in the movie is an over-actor; the whole experience is extremely surreal. Each scene that you watch is so overdone that you can't help but expect a funny end to the scene- but, unfortunately, there is none. There were so many times where I thought something funny was about to happen, but to no avail.

It is replete with overshot facial close-ups and over expressions. There's just something missing from the script. What's more, the movie drags on much too long. I will admit however, that there are a few good parts- mostly those which you see in the previews of the movie- but that's about it. I felt that this film left much to be desired. Take my advice and don't waste your hard earned money on such a flop of a movie....I would give this film 2 out of 10 stars.


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