Christmas With the Kranks


Christmas With the Kranks

Critics Consensus

A mirthless movie as fresh as last year's fruit cake, Christmas with the Kranks is a coarse, garish comedy that promotes conformity.



Total Count: 131


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After faithfully and happily celebrating Christmas their entire lives, and with their daughter Blair in Peru to serve a stint in the Peace Corps, Luther and Nora Krank are facing the prospect of a very lonely holiday. One blustery Chicago night, Luther glances longingly at an alluring poster in a travel agency window and pictures himself and Nora basking in the glow of the sun on a Caribbean cruise. Though Nora is at first reluctant about going away for the holidays, she soon warms up to the idea. But when their neighbors find out, they are aghast, especially local busybody Vic Frohmeyer. To make matters worse, Luther refuses to put his illuminated Frosty the Snowman on his rooftop. Hemlock Street is famous for it and has won numerous contests sponsored by the local newspaper. The battle of wits between the Kranks and their neighbors quickly escalates, threatening the harmony of the community and, yes, the spirit of Christmas itself. Then, without warning, Luther and Nora get a call from Blair. She is coming home for Christmas after all and now the Kranks have less than twenty-four hours to get themselves and all the families on Hemlock Street back in the proper Christmas spirit.

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Tim Allen
as Luther Krank
Jamie Lee Curtis
as Nora Krank
Dan Aykroyd
as Vic Frohmeyer
M. Emmet Walsh
as Walt Scheel
Elizabeth Franz
as Bev Scheel
Cheech Marin
as Officer Salino
Jake Busey
as Officer Treen
Kevin Chamberlain
as Mr. Scanlon
Austin Pendleton
as Umbrella Santa/Marty
Tom Poston
as Father Zabriskie
Julie Gonzalo
as Blair Krank
René Lavan
as Enrique DeCardenal
John Short
as Ned Beker
Bonita Friedericy
as Jude Becker
Kevin Chamberlin
as Mr. Scanlon
David Hornsby
as Randy Becker
Lyndon Smith
as Randy Scanlon
Ryan Pfening
as Gus Scanlon
Jan Hoag
as Choir Director
Joe Guzaldo
as Burglar
David L. Lander
as Tanning Intruder
Kim Rhodes
as Office Staff
Patrick O'Connor
as Office Staff
Doug Cox
as Neighbor #1
Matt Walsh
as Neighbor #2
Andrew Daly
as Husband
Julia Roth
as Cashier
Taylor Block
as Schoolgirl
J.P. Romano
as Mailman
Rachel L. Smith
as Trish Trogdon
Erik Per Sullivan
as Spike Frohmeyer
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Critic Reviews for Christmas With the Kranks

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (35)

  • In any normal year this dire comedy would be the undisputed lump of coal in our psychic stocking, but coming on the heels of Surviving Christmas, it's a close second.

    Jan 6, 2007 | Full Review…
  • This isn't a wonderful life: It looks pretty hellish.

    Sep 26, 2005

    Keith Phipps

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • See Joe Roth's movie and you'll understand the true demeaning of Christmas.

    Dec 7, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith
    Top Critic
  • I'm making my list of the worst movies of the year and I'm checking it twice, and I hope to find room for this frantically unfunny disaster.

    Nov 30, 2004
  • Purports to kindle the warm glow of love for humankind in our hearts but actually reaffirms that the trappings of the holiday season are all that really matter.

    Nov 27, 2004
  • Hollywood's version of the annual Hallmark Ho-ho-ho card. It's made to order: just slot in the perennial Mr. Santa Claus himself, Tim Allen, and stir.

    Nov 27, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Christmas With the Kranks

  • Dec 06, 2012
    From Chris Columbus comes the family holiday film Christmas with the Kranks. Based on a John Grisham novel, when their daughter goes off on a Peace Corps mission for the holidays the Kanks decide to skip Christmas in order to go on a Caribbean cruise; but the neighborhood doesn't take kindly to the Kranks' abstaining from the community's Christmas festivities. Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Dan Aykroyd form a solid cast, however their performances are lackluster. Additionally, the comedy is too broad and gets a bit bizarre at times. The tone of the film is also off, as if the filmmakers don't have a clear message to tell. Christmas with the Kranks is a messy and uneven film that doesn't have much holiday cheer to it.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2011
    Painfully excruciating, Jamie Lee Curtis should have won a razzie for her performance, it's retarded.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    A terrible christmas film and really boring.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2011
    A terrible christmas film and really boring.
    Jim C Super Reviewer

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