Christmas with the Kranks

2006-03-30 12:49


Luther (Tim Allen) and Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis) Krank are facing the prospect of a very lonely holiday. Their only daughter Blair (Julie Gonzalo) is in Peru to with the Peace Corps. To escape their winter blues Luther suggests they skip Christmas and go on a Caribbean cruise.

But when their neighbours find out, they are aghast, especially local busybody Vic Frohmeyer (Dan Aykroyd). The Kranks are skipping Christmas? Unthinkable. To make matters worse, Luther refuses to put his illuminated Frosty the Snowman on his rooftop. Every house has a Frosty on its rooftop at Christmas. Their neighbourhood is famous for it and always wins the contests sponsored by the local newspaper for its Yuletide decorations.

The battle of wits between the Kranks and their neighbours quickly escalates, threatening the harmony of the community and the spirit of Christmas itself. Then Luther and Nora get a phone call from Blair. She's coming home for Christmas after all...

What the critics are saying:

"'ll still need an awful lot of eggnog to tolerate its strained farce, laboured slapstick and sickly sentimental finale."
- Neil Smith, BBCi Film

"Here's a film that says Christmas is a sellout, that your neighbors are morons, and that suburbia is a playground of fascist conformity, and then it concludes that anyone who actually believes that is a heartless Scrooge."
- Ty Burr, Boston Globe

"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."
- Stephanie Zacharek,

This supposedly heart-warming film is about as enjoyable as a car wreck. Even if we forgive the lame gags and the brain dead scripting, the film's message - that Christmas spirit is all about outward appearance- is totally repellent.

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