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Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

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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Luther Krank is fed up with the commerciality of Christmas; he decides to skip the holiday and go on a vacation with his wife instead. But when his daughter decides at the last minute to come home, he must put together a holiday celebration. Written by Anonymous

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

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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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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,868 (Iceland) (26 November 2004)

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$73,701,902 (USA) (7 January 2005)
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Tom Poston's final film See more »

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When Nora is trying to leave her house and Vic grabs her window she rolls it up to try to get rid of him. His fingers get stuck and Nora does not roll it back down, however in one shot the window is back down then in the next shot it is up again See more »

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Nora Krank: [Luther explains his idea for the cruise] How much is this going to cost?
Luther Krank: $3,000.
Nora Krank: We SAVE money?
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Featured in Bad Movie Beatdown: Christmas with the Kranks (2009) See more »

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Written by Steven Van Zandt (as S. Van Zandt)
Published by Blue Midnight 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)
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Skipping Christmas
4 December 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is actually based on a John Grisham novel but is a misguided misfire that has little by way of symbolism relating to the Christian meaning of Christmas. For goodness sake you have a Catholic priest hanging round a party on Christmas Eve instead of preparing for midnight mass.

Luther Krank (Tim Allen) upsets his neighbourhood as he decides not to take in Christmas festivities and instead go on a Caribbean cruise with his wife Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis) as their daughter has now left home and joined the Peace Corps. His neighbours are upset with this Scrooge like attitude and try to coerce and shame them into celebrating Christmas like decking the halls, buying gifts and putting Frosty the Snowman up on the roof just as everyone else on the street has done.

The film gets syrupy and manipulative at the end as their daughter at the last minute decides to spend Christmas with her family and wants to introduce them to her new fiancé. This means succumbing to the commercialisation of Christmas and now at the last minute they need to buy a tree, honey ham and invite everyone around to their party.

This is an artificial and uneven film with a mixed message that relies on Home Alone type antics for a few laughs. No surprise there as it is written by Chris Columbus who directed Home Alone 1 & 2 and directed by Joe Roth who was Head of 20th Century Fox when Home Alone 1 & 2 were released.


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