Stars: Tim Allen, Jamie Lee-Curtis and Dan Aykroyd
When Luther and Nora Krank's only daughter leaves and goes to another country they both decide to skip Christmas this year and spend it on a cruise. Now they must survive, facing their neighbors, a house decorations contest and carolers. But when their daughter calls on Christmas eve and says shes coming home for Christmas, the Kranks really get into the meaning of Holiday Rush when they have 12 hours to get Christmas set up for their daughter and her fiancée.
I only really sat and watched this because it was on TV and because it's christmas after all. With hundreds of films on I couldn't really care less about the quality of the film around this holiday season, as long as I am enjoying what I've seeing-even if the story is pretty predicatble. Despite the blow par plot and several rushed scenes I did sit and enjoy this one.
You'd think that having a screenplay written by the great crime writer, John Grisham, would make the director keep to the script. Well not exactly. It seems like it's been written with the assumption that every audience member has read the book, which was something I noticed. For examples he characters aren't developed and scenes seem to move on very quickly.
Having said all that the film still maintains that christmas feeling that just keep you watching. For instance characters expressing their love for christmas clearly is something that will speak to audiences and keep them watching. You feeling what the character feels is something that I think is the heart of this christmas film. Considering it wasn't that great of a film, which is something!
The film contains a pretty good cast. with the likes of Jamie Lee Curtis, Tim-I've been in way too many christmas films Allen, Dan Akroyd and M.Emmet Walsh. The cast I think is another thing that will keep ou watching. Like I said before, dring the christmas season, I will pretty much any christmas related film that's on the televison-regardless of quality. I'm sure you are the same.
Overall, not the greatest of films but will keep you watching if you watch it during the Christmas season and no other time in the year. Look out for a scene in a tanning parlour, which I must admit I did laugh at.