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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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Joe Roth

Writers:

John Grisham (novel), Chris Columbus (screenplay)
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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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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

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

Lots of deleted and alternate footage appears in the movie's trailer (included in the "Previews" section on the DVD). Some examples are:
  • A book being opened to a photo of the Krank family.
  • Nora Krank taking a photo of her husband and daughter outside their house.
  • Luther Krank with a device in his mouth, obviously sitting in a dentist's chair to get his teeth whitened and/or fixed.
  • Luther Krank driving home with the skimpy tree on the roof of his car getting heckled by another motorist.
  • A different cruise advertisement in the travel agency's window.
  • Luther Krank showing his botox-injected face in the hospital. (We only see it for the first time in the scene afterwards where he's eating with his wife.)
  • The shot of Blair Krank saying goodbye to her parents at the airport doesn't have a screen credit over it as it does in the actual film.
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Goofs

When Luther returns home from picking up the Christmas tree, he pulls it off the roof of his car without unhooking it in any way, clearly revealing the Christmas tree was not attached to the car as it would have been since he was driving with it on the roof. See more »

Quotes

Nora Krank: What are you doing? It's not even Saturday night.
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Connections

References The Santa Clause (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
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User Reviews

Nice and Christmasy.
2 December 2004 | by dawatticusSee all my reviews

I quite enjoyed this film, was particularly christmasy, and now with Christmas drawing closer I'm on the lookout for those type of films.

I honestly feel the best performance was by Aykroyd, I don't think Jamie Lee Curtis and Tim Allen worked very well together.

The thing with the umbrella seller, really could have been made 'Magical' it seems they wanted to try something along the traditional 'magical' lines, but got stuck... and just made it pointless.

Good film though, christmasy, easy viewing and sometimes amusing.

Wait for it to come out on DVD Though.


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