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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.

Director:

Joe Roth

Writers:

John Grisham (novel), Chris Columbus (screenplay)
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Their Christmas will turn the town upside down! 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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ally Sheedy was considered for the role of Nora Krank. See more »

Goofs

While Luther hangs from the rope outside his house, the firefighter behind Vic is hit in the head with the ladder that they raising. See more »

Quotes

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

Featured in At the Movies: The Worst Films of 2004 (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

White Christmas
(1940)
Written by Irving Berlin
Published by Irving Berlin Music Co.
Performed by Dean Martin
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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User Reviews

Forget the Polar Express...
12 November 2004 | by desantnyeSee all my reviews

... take your kids to see Christmas with the Kranks, the true classic of the holiday season! The film follows Luther Krank (played by everyone's favorite everyman Tim Allen) in his misadventures involving the holiday known as Christmas. Jamie Lee Curtis plays Nora Morgenstern-Krank, a successful lawyer who joins her husband in his boycott of Christmas.

Zaniness is abound in this high-flying rip-roaring send-up of the classic holiday farce. Dan Aykroyd is perfect in his role as Vic Frohmeyer, a sadistic midwestern Christian bent on imposing his red-state values of Community on the libertarian Krank family. Some 'frohmeyer' he is!

This film had all the laughs of The Santa Claus II, plus Dan Aykroyd.

7/10


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