Christmas with the Kranks


christmaskranksWhen their daughter can’t come home for Christmas, the Kranks (Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis) decide to go away on a cruise, to the dismay of their neighbors. What is it with Allen and Christmas? Well, much less successful than his Santa Clause franchise, this lousy comedy has a strange attitude where we’re supposed to sympathize with the unlikeable neighbors who want to force Christmas on the Kranks. Stupid and annoying; the actors can’t save it.

2004-U.S. 98 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, Michael Barnathan. Directed by Joe Roth. Screenplay: Chris Columbus. Novel: John Grisham (“Skipping Christmas”). Cast: Tim Allen (Luther Krank), Jamie Lee Curtis (Nora Krank), Dan Aykroyd (Vic Frohmeyer), M. Emmet Walsh, Elizabeth Franz, Erik Per Sullivan… Cheech Marin, Felicity Huffman.

Trivia: The studio decided to skip John Grisham’s original title to avoid confusion with another film at the time, Surviving Christmas.

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