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A mirthless movie as fresh as last year's fruit cake, Christmas with the Kranks is a coarse, garish comedy that promotes conformity.
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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.
This isn't a wonderful life: It looks pretty hellish.
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.
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.
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.
Stinks like the unrefrigerated ham its studio sent me as a promotion several months ago.
Forget the 12 Days of Christmas; there are at least 12,000 ways that 2004's fascistic Christmas with the Kranks earns the honor as the worst Yuletide film ever made.
Unoriginal, unfunny slapstick holiday fare.
Christmas With The Kranks is the sort of film that leaves you thinking Ebenezer Scrooge might have had the right idea about the festive season.
A grueling experience.
The notion of bullying people into succumbing into the trappings of Christmas does not necessarily represent goodwill to all, and while the situations present good comic opportunities, the film ends up feeling rather manipulative and sugary.
Some pathetically predictable plot twists and syrupy sentimentality, which could only amuse a five year-old, lead the Kranks back to their materialistic senses in time for a Kodak moment which shouts a rather shallow Merry Capitalism to all!
A terrible christmas film and really boring.
Christmas Movie Review Mania
Episode #14: Christmas With the Kranks
Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis' "Christmas With the Kranks" is indeed cliched and predictable. I'm going to tell you the truth...I LIKE THIS MOVIE. You'll probably never hear me say that again to a movie that has 5% on the Tomatometer.
Luther and Laura Krank don't know how to spend Christmas with their daughter, Blair, out of the country. Luther insists Laura that they take a vaction on a 10-day cruise across the Carribean. There's just one thing they have to do...SKIP CHRISTMAS. However when the neighbor's hear of the Krank's plan, they strongly urge them to get back in the Yuletide mood. But they better be quick because Blair is unexpectedly coming home for Christmas with her fiance!
I like this movie because it is funny. Tim Allen can really pull off a Christmas movie. Take the "Santa Clause" movies for an example. Jamie Lee Curtis is also very wackey and hilarious. Dan Ackroyd is funny in the film as well. There are a few children in the film that are poor actors but who cares about them? I DON'T!
"Christmas With the Kranks" is either a like-it or hate-it. But from my perspective, I like it. I always watch this one during Christmas.
"But its not even Saturday night."
This film had a strange effect on me. It was so excruciatingly bad that I turned into an absolute Grinch. Allen was so out of time with his comedic quips, that I had to replay his dialogue in my mind to be sure it was supposed to be a joke. The film has typical holiday mishaps. None of these amount to any classic moments. The first half misses out on doing some excellent parody, as the neighbours increase their creepiness. This would have been a great time to send-up some of the horror greats. Unfortunately, as much effort is put into this film, as the Kranks put into Christmas themselves. It's also hard to feel anything for characters used to giving $600 a year to charities. They are obviously financially well-off, so skipping Christmas doesn't seem like much of a sacrifice. The odd part comes at the very end. A moment of pure Christmas bliss, which is so touching my heart grew three times larger. It made me wonder if the film was supposed to be this bad, for the impact of these last scenes. The genuine concern and sorrow as Allen hears about his neighbour unable to walk across the street is rather moving. This film needed more moments such as this, rather than focusing on the mishaps of putting up decorations, and shopping around this time of year. Been there, done that.
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