Christmas with the Kranks

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 146 Ratings

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  • Summary: Based on John Grisham's best-selling novel Skipping Christmas, this comedy stars Tim Allen as Luther Krank, a man who decides to skip Christmas and all the surrounding trappings and go on a vacation with his wife Nora (Curtis) instead. But when his daughter decides, at the last minute, toBased on John Grisham's best-selling novel Skipping Christmas, this comedy stars Tim Allen as Luther Krank, a man who decides to skip Christmas and all the surrounding trappings and go on a vacation with his wife Nora (Curtis) instead. But when his daughter decides, at the last minute, to come home for the holidays, he is forced to put christmas back together. (Sony) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 33
  2. Negative: 27 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    70
    Ultimately something of a softball satire, its climactic evocation of the "true meaning" of the holidays is surprisingly touching.
  2. A Christmas comedy where laughs and even Christmas joy are in short supply.
  3. 38
    They pull it off, but even if you believe in Santa, you'll never believe that this is any sort of holiday classic.
  4. 30
    It's hard to discern exactly whom this holiday tripe is for.
  5. 25
    A loud, coarse and witless family comedy.
  6. 0
    Egregiously mediocre and flagrantly ill-conceived in every department, this is, truly, the cinematic equivalent of finding a single solitary Saltine in your stocking and a pair of old tube socks beneath the tree. Humbug!

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 42
  2. Negative: 28 out of 42
  1. Nov 28, 2011
    8
    I thought that this was really funny. There were a lot of funny moments in it, such as the part with the holiday ham. To me, it is anI thought that this was really funny. There were a lot of funny moments in it, such as the part with the holiday ham. To me, it is an unforgetably funny Christmas movie. Expand
  2. Dec 24, 2014
    7
    With their daughter away in the peace core, Nora and Luther Krank have decided to skip Christmas this year, and take a cruise to theWith their daughter away in the peace core, Nora and Luther Krank have decided to skip Christmas this year, and take a cruise to the Caribbean. There is only one problem, their Christmas Eve party and elaborate decorations are a staple of their neighborhood, and when the neighbors find out that the family is skipping Christmas this year, they go out of their way to change their minds. This film is your typical goof ball, family, holiday film, except with a much better cast then these things typically have. The chemistry between Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis was terrific, and in my opinion make the whole thing work. Besides the big named cast, producers also included a ton of cameos from the likes of Cheech Marin, Dan Akyrod, and Felicity Huffman, just to name a few. Seeing a big name you really like, who is not listed in the credits, show up even for a small role, it always adds to the enjoyment of the film. This is not the kind of movie that is going to win any awards. It might not even be the kind of holiday film that is remembered ten years from now, but it's certainly entertaining, with some heartfelt moments, and it's good for a few cheap laughs. Christmas With The Kranks delivers everything you expect from a holiday movie, as it is something you can watch with the whole family and it will put you in the holiday spirit. Expand
  3. Dec 25, 2015
    6
    As far as Christmas comedies the Kranks leave us a little disappointed. It's a perfectly acceptable watch, but when so many of it's jokes landAs far as Christmas comedies the Kranks leave us a little disappointed. It's a perfectly acceptable watch, but when so many of it's jokes land with a thud it's not hard to notice the better alternatives out there. Some more laughs would have gone a long way to give it the extra needed Christmas magic.

    For starters the biggest problem is Tim Allen himself. He's just not playing a likable character. His crotchety demeanor gives a sour tone to the film. Perhaps that was intentional, but it does nothing to bolster the laughs or plot so I don't see the point. The rest of the cast is talented and fairly amusing. It's just a shame they aren't given some genuinely good comedic gags.

    Long story short if you enjoyed Tim Allen as Santa and are hoping he will deliver more holiday entertainment then you'll be left wanting. It's missing the charm and sweetness of that movie. That's not to say this movie is all "Bah humbug!" In fact near the end it throws out some of the old Christmas spirit by dishing out some of what the holiday is actually about. It's not a real heart-warmer, but it's enough to let you know that this movie's heart isn't made of ice.

    As far as the actual humor goes it could have been a lot funnier. So much of it seems subdued. Things only really start to pick up in the final third of the film. As things get crazier for the characters it gets more amusing. Up until then we are left with a few noteworthy gags scattered around. It makes the movie feels longer than it actually is.

    It's slow paced with it's laughs and ultimately I was left wanting more. Yet, this is far from the most offensive movie to watch during the Christmas season. In fact I wouldn't really say it's bad. A perfectly acceptable if not completely worthwhile holiday flick to catch on TV while you're wrapping presents or something. It's watchable and has some good bits, but it's not one I'd gather the gather the family around the TV to watch on Christmas Eve.

    I give my stay with the Kranks this Christmas a 6.6/10
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  4. [Anonymous]
    Dec 5, 2005
    2
    2 points for one genuinley funny moment that last two seconds. The rest is utter poop.
  5. Spriggangirl
    Nov 8, 2005
    0
    There's nothing funny about Christmas with the Jerks. It's plain too boring.
  6. ScottC
    Feb 12, 2010
    0
    This movie was a worthless piece of sh*t.
  7. Dec 21, 2011
    0
    Stupid, silly and not funny. Great cast that have no chemistry together and it is easily one of the most uncreative experiences I have faced.Stupid, silly and not funny. Great cast that have no chemistry together and it is easily one of the most uncreative experiences I have faced. I give this movie 2%. Expand

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