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Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

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With their daughter, Blair, away, Luther and Nora Krank decide to skip Christmas all together until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate it at the last minute.


Joe Roth


John Grisham (novel), Chris Columbus (screenplay)
880 ( 953)
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





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


As strange as it may sound, Luther and Nora Krank, 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, they are determined to invest the money on a sun-drenched, 10-day Caribbean cruise, much to their friends and neighbors' 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 Luther and Nora who has turned their backs on Christmas. And then, unexpectedly, Blair and her new fiance, Enrique, are coming home, unbeknownst to them that the empty family nest is far from ready for the event. Can Luther and Nora "generate" Christmas out of nothing in less than a few hours? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

bikini | christmas | cat | singing | arrest | See All (65) »


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


Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


When worrying about what Vic and the neighbors will think about the plan, Luther says "Who's he gonna call?" Dan Aykroyd, who plays Vic was in Ghostbusters, for which the tag line was "Who ya gonna call?" See more »


Scouts tree for sale is described as a spruce....it is clearly some kind of a fir. See more »


Blair Krank: I'm bringing home Enriqué!
Luther Krank: What's a reeké?
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Crazy Credits

There are holiday cards with pictures of the characters at the beginning of the end credits See more »


Featured in At the Movies: The Worst Films of 2004 (2005) See more »


Merry Christmas (To All of the World)
Written by Jean Beauvoir
Published by Hot Boy Music, admin. by Almo Music Corp. and JR Motion Picture Music Company admin. by Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Produced by Steven Van Zandt (as Little Steven) and Jean Beauvoir
Performed by Jean Beauvoir
Courtesy of Wicked Cool Records
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Pretty darn good Christmas movie full of fun.
23 April 2005 | by terrors89See all my reviews

I disagree with the critics on this one. I thought Christmas with the Kranks was quite hilarious and ignored the sappy meaning of Christmas theme until the final 20 minutes. However once the movie reached that portion of the movie it slowed down painfully and left a sour taste in my mouth.

The story is pretty basic, Blair Krank, played by Julie Gonzalo (Freaky Friday,) joins the Peace Corp. and heads to Peru during the holidays for a full year. The Kranks, Luther, played by Tim Allen (The Santa Clause 1, 2) and Nora, played by Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween, True Lies,) decide to boycott Christmas and head to the Caribbean on a cruise, much to the dismay of the neighborhood lead by Vic Frohmeyer, played by Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters, 50 first dates.) On Christmas Eve, Blair calls and tells her parents that she is coming home for Christmas with her boyfriend who wants to experience a true American Christmas with parties, snow and all of the trimmings. So it's a race against the clock to see if they can pull it off before she gets home.

Like I said the beginning of the movie is quite hilarious. The scenes between the Kranks and their neighbors who want them to celebrate Christmas are the funniest I have seen in a Christmas movie since Natl. Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Luther with his Botox is just great.

However, the last 20 minutes of the movie when the Kranks are trying to get the Christmas Eve party together, with the help of the whole neighborhood, drags the movie down a lot., so much in fact that you almost forget the laughter in the first act of the movie. There is also a pointless couple of scenes with a burglar that don't make since.

I thought Tim Allen and Jaime Lee Curtis were cast perfectly for each other, all though at times Curtis reminded me of Patricia Richardson who played Allen's wife in the TV show Home Improvement. Along with Aykroyd, the supporting cast is full of very recognizable faces and some even provide humor to the story.

Overall, I say that this movie is a pretty good Christmas movie. If the last half of the movie was as funny as the first half, and if they would have ignored the whole spirit of Christmas message, this movie would have been as great as my favorite Christmas movie of all time, the afore mentioned National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. However, since it wasn't and they didn't, this movie only gets a pretty good rating. But I still say go see and ignore the rest of those idiot reviewers and listen to me! *This movie review and others can be read at www.bbmc.dockratent.com*

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Grisham's Skipping Christmas See more »


Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,570,867, 28 November 2004

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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