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Christmas with the Kranks

Promotional poster for Christmas With the Kranks
Directed by Joe Roth
Produced by Michael Barnathan
Chris Columbus
Mark Radcliffe
Written by John Grisham
Chris Columbus
Starring Tim Allen
Jamie Lee Curtis
Dan Aykroyd
Felicity Huffman
Erik Per Sullivan
Music by John Debney
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) November 24, 2004 (USA)
Running time 98 min.
Language English
Budget $60,000,000
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Christmas with the Kranks is a 2004 comedy film produced by Revolution Studios and Columbia Pictures. It is based on the 2001 novella Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. It stars Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, M. Emmet Walsh, Elizabeth Franz, Erik Per Sullivan, Cheech Marin, Jake Busey, Caroline Rhea, and Felicity Huffman. Download high resolution version (502x753, 65 KB)Promotional poster for Christmas With the Kranks, deemed This work is copyrighted. ... Joe Roth is a producer and film director, born on June 13, 1948 in New York City to a Jewish family. ... Michael Barnathan is a producer that has produced films such as Rent and Bicentennial Man. ... Chris Columbus (born in Spangler, Pennsylvania, on September 10, 1958) is an American filmmaker. ... Mark Radcliffe (born 29 June 1958) is an English broadcaster who has worked in various roles for the BBC since the 1980s. ... Grisham redirects here. ... Tim Allen (born Timothy Allen Dick on June 13, 1953) is an American comedian, character actor, voice-over artist, and entertainer perhaps best known for his role in the sitcom Home Improvement and his roles in Disney films, such as The Santa Clause and Toy Story. ... Jamie Lee Curtis (born November 22, 1958) is an American film actress and an author of childrens books. ... Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian/American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ... Felicity Huffman (born December 9, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning American film and television actress. ... Erik Per Sullivan (born on July 12, 1991) is an American actor. ... John Debney (born Glendale, California, 18 August 1956) is a prolific American film composer who received an Oscar nomination for his score for Mel Gibson`s The Passion of the Christ. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... is the 328th day of the year (329th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... USD redirects here. ... The year 2004 in film involved some significant events. ... Comedy film is genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humor. ... Revolution Studios was founded in 2000 by Joe Roth, a former chairman of Walt Disney Studios and Twentieth Century Fox. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... A novella is a narrative work of prose fiction somewhat longer than a short story but shorter than a novel. ... Skipping Christmas (2001) is a comedy novella by noted American author John Grisham. ... Grisham redirects here. ... Tim Allen (born Timothy Allen Dick on June 13, 1953) is an American comedian, character actor, voice-over artist, and entertainer perhaps best known for his role in the sitcom Home Improvement and his roles in Disney films, such as The Santa Clause and Toy Story. ... Jamie Lee Curtis (born November 22, 1958) is an American film actress and an author of childrens books. ... Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian/American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ... Michael Emmet Walsh (born March 22, 1935 in Ogdensburg, New York) is an American character actor who has appeared in over 100 film and television productions. ... Elizabeth Franz Elizabeth Franz (born Elizabeth Frankovich on June 18, 1941 in Akron, Ohio) is an American actress of stage and television. ... Erik Per Sullivan (born on July 12, 1991) is an American actor. ... “Richard Marin” redirects here. ... Jake Busey (born June 15, 1971 in Los Angeles, California), is an American Actor/Film producer. ... Caroline Gilchrist Rhea (born April 13, 1964) is a Canadian stand-up comedian and actress who is the original host of the reality show The Biggest Loser on NBC. She is also known for her role as Hilda on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and for replacing Rosie ODonnell as... Felicity Huffman (born December 9, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning American film and television actress. ...


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Plot

The movie opens as we see Luther (Tim Allen) and Nora Krank (Jamie Lee Curtis) laying in bed, a little depressed about the day ahead of them. Their daughter Blair (Julie Gonzalo) has joined the Peace Corps and is heading off to Peru. They have a long goodbye at the airport and now the Kranks are left alone, during the holiday season. Tim Allen (born Timothy Allen Dick on June 13, 1953) is an American comedian, character actor, voice-over artist, and entertainer perhaps best known for his role in the sitcom Home Improvement and his roles in Disney films, such as The Santa Clause and Toy Story. ... Jamie Lee Curtis (born November 22, 1958) is an American film actress and an author of childrens books. ... Julie Gonzalo (born September 9, 1981) is an actress born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and raised in Miami, Florida. ...


The Kranks always host their neighborhood's Christmas Eve party, always purchasing top of the line Christmas cards and invitations. Their neighborhood, led by Vic Frohmeyer (Dan Aykroyd) always wins the local newspaper award for best Christmas decorations. The advantage their neighborhood has is that all the houses feature a Frosty snowman on their roofs. Luther starts adding up the cost of the previous Christmas, and realizes that last year they spent almost $6000 on Christmas. He comes up with a plan. This year they skip Christmas, spend $3000 on a cruise and come out $3000 ahead. While Nora's not too thrilled about it, she willingly goes along. Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian/American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ...


Luther hands out letters to all his co-workers that this year he's skipping Christmas and not to give him anything as he'll not be handing anything out. He won't do his normal Christmas donations, buy a tree, send out cards... Nothing. He won't even put up Frosty this year. He's skipping Christmas. The neighbors aren't happy about it, especially Walt (M. Emmet Walsh), who comes to complain with the ongoing joke that Luther always accidentally steps on Walt's cat. Walt's wife Bev (Elizabeth Franz) is cancer stricken and can't get out much. Michael Emmet Walsh (born March 22, 1935 in Ogdensburg, New York) is an American character actor who has appeared in over 100 film and television productions. ... Elizabeth Franz Elizabeth Franz (born Elizabeth Frankovich on June 18, 1941 in Akron, Ohio) is an American actress of stage and television. ...


Vic organizes a neighborhood campaign to force the Kranks to decorate. Kids are picketing, constant phone calling demanding they "Free Frosty" and even sending in carolers to try to bring back the Kranks Christmas spirit. The newspaper even has a story about the scrooges who live in the neighborhood complete with a photo taken from Walt's roof.


After Luther and Nora do their non-Christmas activities - including tanning, shopping for beach-wear, even getting Botox injections - Blair calls announcing she's engaged to a Peruvian and the two of them are coming home so he can experience a real American Christmas. They'll be at the airport in about 12 hours.


Nora rushes all around town trying to find Blair's favorite ham, inviting everyone she knows to come to a Christmas Eve party. Luther tries to find a tree but since it's late on Christmas Eve, there just aren't any left. He finally convinces one of his neighbors to let him borrow their tree. Vic's son helps Luther move it. Luther finally digs out Frosty and starts dragging it up to the roof. The neighbors all start coming out to watch. Luther and Frosty fall and the neighbors help him up. He reveals to them why the sudden change of heart.


Vic Frohmeyer, the organizer that he is, tells the crowd that they owe this to Blair. Everyone loves her; they've all watched her grow up and she's babysat most of their kids. They start decorating, baking, getting the Krank house up to par for Christmas. Time's running out and Luther can't make it to the airport so Vic has the local cops (Cheech Marin, Jake Busey) pick them up. They take their time bringing them home so the neighbors have more time to get the house ready. “Richard Marin” redirects here. ... Jake Busey (born June 15, 1971 in Los Angeles, California), is an American Actor/Film producer. ...


Finally Blair and her fiance arrive and the party is a complete success. Luther goes out to his front yard and as he looks inside his front window he sees complete happiness. The spirit of Christmas alive and well at the Krank home. Then he looks across the street and sees the complete opposite at Walt and Bev's house. They are alone and Walt is caring for the sick Bev. He goes to their house, wishes them a Merry Christmas and gives him his cruise tickets since he obviously won't be using them. He even offers to watch their cat for them.


Luther goes back home and Nora is just getting off the phone with Bev. Nora is very proud of Luther and the Christmas Eve party goes on...


Box office

  • Kranks grossed more than $21,000,000 on its opening weekend, and went on to gross $73.7m.

Trivia

  • The title of the John Grisham book on which the film is based on, wasn't used for the film to avoid confusion with another Christmas-themed film, Surviving Christmas (2004).
  • Many critics panned the movie, causing it to earn a 4% ratingat Rotten Tomatoes. In one example of a harsh review, Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper gave this film "Two thumbs way way down." Ebert gave the movie one star and called it "a holiday movie of stunning awfulness" in his newspaper review. In addition, it earned a #2 spot on his list of the Ten Worst Films of 2004.
  • Tom Poston plays Father Zabriske. Poston also made a couple of guest appearances on Home Improvement playing Ted in the episode "Thanksgiving", the clerk in the episode "Twas the Flight Before Christmas", and Ted's twin brother Ned in the episode "The Tool Man Delivers." Tragically it would be one of his last roles before his death in early 2007.
  • Dan Aykroyd was featured once as the Taylor family pastor on the Home Improvement TV series. The episode in which he appeared in was the seventh season episode, "Losing My Religion," in a rare crossover with Aykroyd's series at the time, Soul Man.
  • In an episode of Robot Chicken the bloopers host is being held prisoner and is told he can watch their on demand movies, but all they have is Christmas with the Kranks, to which he screams!
  • Eric Bloom and Jimmy Page can be briefly spotted in the background while Mr. Krank is eating dinner at the restaurant with Mrs. Krank.

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External links

  • Official site
  • Christmas with the Kranks at the Internet Movie Database
  • Jamie Lee Curtis interview for Christmas with the Kranks
  • Roxborough Lyric Poetry Association Review of the Film

  Results from FactBites:
 
TheMovieBoy Review - Christmas with the Kranks (2004) (1192 words)
In "Christmas with the Kranks," directed by Joe Roth (2001's "America's Sweethearts"), middle-aged Chicago natives Luther (Tim Allen) and Nora Krank (Jamie Lee Curtis) are experiencing heavy bouts of Empty Nest Syndrome.
Sinking "Christmas with the Kranks" to the sub-level of a DOA cinematic dud is the way it offensively embraces materialism, narrow-mindedness, disrespect for humans, and even animal cruelty—a cat is frozen solid at one point but can still blink its eyes—and then expects to turn its woeful meanspiritedness into gold for a last-minute, feel-good conclusion.
"Christmas with the Kranks" is contrived to the nth degree—when Nora leaves her house, the windows on her car are rolled down in the midst of winter for the sole reason of setting up a joke where Vic grabs hold to berate her.
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