Christmas with the Kranks

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2004


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Christmas with the Kranks is a 2004 comedy directed by Joe Roth. The film is based on a novel by John Grisham and a screenplay by Chris Columbus. Luther Krank (Tim Allen) is a middle-aged family man whose daughter Blair (Julie Gonzalo) is away at college. Since Blair intends to remain at school over Christmas break, Luther and his wife Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis) decide to forego the traditional Christmas celebration and head out on a cruise instead. The Kranks' carefully laid plans are ruined when Blair calls on Christmas Eve and announces that she has changed her plans and is heading to the family homestead with her new fiance Enrique (Rene Lavan). Now Luther and Nora have twelve hours to create the perfect Christmas celebration for Blair and Enrique. Christmas with the Kranks is a hilarious and charming film that pokes fun at the heavy commercialization of Christmas in the United States. Fans of Tim Allen will love it.

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  • The Ultimate Movie Review! -- @tss5078

    With their daughter away in the peace core, Nora and Luther Krank have decided to skip Christmas this year, and take a cruise to the Caribbean. There is only one problem, their Christmas Eve party and elaborate decorations are a staple of their neighborhood, and when the neighbors find out that the family is skipping Christmas this year, they go out of their way to change their minds. This film is your typical goof ball, family, holiday film, except with a much better cast then these things typically have. The chemistry between Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis was terrific, and in my opinion make the whole thing work. Besides the big named cast, producers also included a ton of cameos from the likes of Cheech Marin, Dan Akyrod, and Felicity Huffman, just to name a few. Seeing a big name you really like, who is not listed in the credits, show up even for a small role, it always adds to the enjoyment of the film. This is not the kind of movie that is going to win any awards. It might not even be the kind of holiday film that is remembered ten years from now, but it's certainly entertaining, with some heartfelt moments, and it's good for a few cheap laughs. Christmas With The Kranks delivers everything you expect from a holiday movie, as it is something you can watch with the whole family and it will put you in the holiday spirit.moreless
  • Bareable

    not bad.

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Comedy, Kids


Tweens, Pre-Teens, christmas