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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.

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

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Comedy | Family

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

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24 November 2004 (USA)  »

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John Grisham's Skipping Christmas  »

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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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Trivia

Dan Aykroyd also played a neighbor named "Vic" in 1981's "Neighbors" with John Belushi. See more »

Goofs

When Luther is on the roof with Frosty, he is pulling him face down. However, in the next shot, Frosty is face up. See more »

Quotes

Blair Krank: I'm bringing home Enriqué!
Luther Krank: What's a reeké?
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Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Christmas with the Kranks (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Joy to the World
(1719)
Music attributed to George Frideric Handel (uncredited)
Hymn by Isaac Watts (1719)
Arranged by Lowell Mason
Traditional
Performed by The Butties
Courtesy of The Butties
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Horrible movie
12 December 2004 | by See 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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