Christmas With the Kranks (2004)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG (for brief language and suggestive content)
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Chris Columbus, John Grisham
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 8, 2005
Box Office: $73.7M
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as Luther Krank

as Nora Krank

as Vic Frohmeyer

as Officer Salino

as Officer Treen

as Walt Scheel

as Bev Scheel

as Spike Frohmeyer

as Mr. Scanlon

as Umbrella Santa/Marty

as Father Zabriskie

as Blair Krank

as Enrique DeCardenal

as Daisy

as Ned Beker

as Jude Becker

as Mr. Scanlon

as Randy Becker

as Gus Scanlon

as Choir Director

as Burglar

as Tanning Intruder

as Office Staff

as Office Staff

as Neighbor #1

as Neighbor #2

as Husband

as Cashier

as Schoolgirl

as Fireman

as Mailman

as Trish Trogdon

as Randy Scanlon
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Critic Reviews for Christmas With the Kranks

All Critics (130) | 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.

Full Review… | January 6, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This isn't a wonderful life: It looks pretty hellish.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

Unoriginal, unfunny slapstick holiday fare.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

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.

Full Review… | July 20, 2009

A grueling experience.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Christmas With the Kranks


A terrible christmas film and really boring.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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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."

Movie Monster
Bentley Lyles

Super Reviewer

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.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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