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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 »

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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

Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Akroyd had previously starred in Trading Places, My Girl, and My Girl 2 together. They play neighbors in Christmas With the Kranks rather than love interests as they have in their previous movies. See more »

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: Why would we want to get tans before the cruise? I thought the idea was to get them DURING the cruise.
Luther Krank: Look at us, we kind of look like uncooked chicken.
Daisy: You look like a corpse.
[to Nora]
Daisy: And you could use some help too.
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Connections

References The Santa Clause (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857)
Written by James Pierpont (uncredited)
Traditional
Produced by Joseph Magee
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Have a Merry slapstick Christmas
2 December 2004 | by the-movie-guySee all my reviews

For the first time, Luther Krank (Tim Allen) and his wife Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis) are about to celebrate the holidays without their daughter Blair (Julie Gonzalo), who has just left for the Peace Corps in Peru. Luther sees a Caribbean cruise poster in a Chicago travel agency window, and he begins to plan the trip. First he must see how he will pay for the trip, so he comes up with an idea that if they skipped Christmas, they could go. He will save money by not buying a tree, having a party, or putting up decorations. The neighbors think he is crazy and want him to at least put Frosty the Snowman on his roof for the local decoration contest. The battle begins between the Kranks and their neighbors. Then Blair calls and tells her parents that she is flying home for Christmas with her fiancée. They have twenty-four hours to put up all the decorations and prepare for the Christmas party. The movie was based on a John Grisham book, 'Skipping Christmas'. It is a cute Christmas story with a lot of funny slapstick sketches. It reminds you of the Chevy Chase movie, 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation'. Tim Allen does a great job in several comedy scenes, especially, the scenes where he gets bowtox injections in his face and the suntan scene. (Columbia Pictures, Run time 1:39, Rated PG) (5/10)


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