Christmas With the Kranks (2004)

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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.

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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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PG (for brief language and suggestive content)
Genre:
Comedy , Kids & Family
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$73,701,902.00
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Cast

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

September 25, 2005
AV Club
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.

November 30, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 27, 2004
Salon.com
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 27, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Stinks like the unrefrigerated ham its studio sent me as a promotion several months ago.

Full Review… | November 24, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Christmas With the Kranks

½

A terrible christmas film and really boring.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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."

Bentley Lyles
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
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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