Christmas with the Kranks

Christmas with the Kranks

Joe Roth (2004)

PG Certificate


Our Score
No amount of seasonal spirit could inject any ho-ho-ho into this festive turkey. Adapted from John Grisham's novel Skipping Christmas, this is a soulless tale that raises so few laughs, it barely justifies its comedy label. Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis play the Kranks, a Chicago couple who incur the wrath of their local community when they decide to forgo Christmas and its associated trappings in favour of a luxury cruise. Poorly scripted and lazily directed, the film stamps all over individual thought and action, and instead celebrates herd mentality and excessive consumerism, unfairly painting its two lead characters as selfish villains. As the star of The Santa Clause movies, Allen is obviously used to yuletide nonsense, but even he flounders when faced with such unfunny material. The real tragedy here is Curtis, however, who totally wastes her ample comic talents on slapstick and shameful mugging.


A married couple from Chicago decide to steer clear of the usual festive celebrations and keep their cash for a holiday in the sun, prompting a busybody neighbour to call on the local community to pull out all the stops to make them change their minds. Festive comedy based on a novel by John Grisham, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Tim Allen, Dan Aykroyd and M Emmet Walsh.

Cast & Crew

Nora Krank Jamie Lee Curtis
Luther Krank Tim Allen
Vic Frohmeyer Dan Aykroyd
Walt Scheel M Emmet Walsh
Bev Scheel Elizabeth Franz
Spike Frohmeyer Erik Per Sullivan
Officer Salino Cheech Marin
Officer Treen Jake Busey
Director Joe Roth
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarAvailable on: DVD
Comedy Children's Drama