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
The music score that plays when Luther Krank adds up digits on his calculator was previously made famous in sketches and films by Jerry Lewis. See more »
At the tanning salon in the mall, where Luther and Nora attempt to get a tan, Nora in the process gets interrupted and hits her forehead on the device, causing her to get a fairly good sized cut there, thereby making her bleed enough to force her to go out to the front to get a band-aid. The cut and bleeding on her forehead is existent throughout that whole part of the scene. But following this scene, for the rest of the movie, her forehead never shows any band-aid, scab, or any indication that she was ever just recently hurt there. See more »
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Written by Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry
Published by Mother Bertha Music, Inc. administered by ABKCO Music, Inc., Universal-Songs of PolyGram Int.,
Inc. o/b/o Steeplechase Music and Malt Shoppe Music and Trio Music Company
Performed by Darlene Love
Courtesy of Phil Spector Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with ABKCO Records See more »
This is one of those films that you can't ignore the obvious manipulation. Each scene is telegraphed a mile a way, with no real attempt to mark new ground. No, this film is exactly what it is intended to be; holiday good cheer and nothing more. In that respect, the film is successful and in the end, a harmless holiday movie that tries to help us forget all the real world darkness going on.
Tim Allen seems to be carving out a career with these Christmas movies. Though his performance is not even close to his Santa character, he still manages to put in a performance that has some memorable moments (the scene after his fat injection is a hoot). Jamie Lee is over the top and at times can be a little too much, but still, she fits right in with the rest of the decorations that are wrapped around this Christmas tree of a movie. I give it a 6 because let's be honest, it is totally predictable and corny. But as I mentioned, it is a welcome to all the negative things going on right now.
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