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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) »

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No! Ho! Ho! 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$73,780,539, 13 January 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,572,480
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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!
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Connections

Featured in Bad Movie Beatdown: Christmas with the Kranks (2009) 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
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A waste of time
30 November 2005 | by rbverhoefSee all my reviews

What a terrible movie this is! 'Christmas with the Kranks' is a Christmas-comedy that is neither funny or about the spirit of Christmas. It is about a terrible neighborhood where Luther and Nora Krank (Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis) want to skip Christmas for a change to go on a cruise. Christmas has cost them six thousand dollars last year, mainly on decoration, so this year they don't do Christmas-stuff and go on the cruise, still saving three thousand dollars. Unfortunately their neighbors disagree. It is a tradition that the whole neighborhood takes part in this holiday; skipping is not an option. The ending of the film basically says that the neighbors are right and that their cruel methods to stop the Kranks from going on the cruise is justified. How stupid can it get?

Well, even more than it already is. Of course the Kranks fail to skip Christmas because their daughter, only away for some weeks to join the Peace Corps in Peru, returns for the holidays together with her new fiancé. Right. So suddenly the Kranks have to do their usual Christmas-things that includes giving a Christmas Eve party. There is quite some hurry needed since the two lovebirds are already on their way. What do you know? All the cruel neighbors are willing to help! In a series of unfortunate events we see how things almost go wrong the entire time and turn out the way they should after all. How surprising.

The movie rolls from one stupid event into another, never funny, most of the time even annoying. It is hard to believe this story seemed funny on paper and that gives us the obvious question of why this movie was even made. Probably because it is about Christmas and could make some money, which it did. If there is one Christmas-movie to avoid in whatever year it definitely is 'Christmas with the Kranks'.


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