Director: Joe Roth
Starring: Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan
Aykroyd, Eric Per Sullivan, Cheech Marin,
Jake Busey, M. Emmet Walsh
RunTime: 1 hr 40 mins
Released By: Columbia TriStar
Date: 2 December 2004
Revolution Studio’s new comedy Christmas With The Kranks,
based on John Grisham’s best-selling novel Skipping
Christmas, Tim Allen plays Luther Krank, a man who decides
to skip Christmas and all the surrounding trappings and go
on a vacation with his wife Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis) instead.
But when his daughter decides, at the last minute, to come
home for the holidays, he is forced to put Christmas back
hard to imagine that someone would ever think of going on
an escapism from Christmas, away from the nicely decorated
tree, blinking lights, turkey and ham, fruitcakes, parties,
and presents. Luther (Tim Allen) and Nora Krank (Jamie Lee
Curtis) happened to be the one couple in probably a billion!
their daughter, Blair (Julie Gonzalo) went to Peru to serve
a stint in the Peace Corps, the couple is facing a very cold
Christmas for the first time after 23 years, without their
dearest daughter with them. In order to distract himself from
the loneliness as well as to cut off the staggering expenses
on Christmas party, Luther convinced Nora to "skip Christmas"
travelling on a warm Caribbean cruise over the holiday, which
is merely half the cost of the Christmas party.
the Kranks declined to buy Christmas tree and Christmas cards,
their neighbours in Hemlock Street were disgusted, especially
an influential local, Vic Frohmeyer (Dan Aykroyd). The matters
worsen when Luther refuses to put up his illuminated Frosty
the Snowman on his rooftop and to decorate his house exteriors
thereby causing an eyesore to the beautifully decorated Hamlock
streets. His act is also considered selfish to the neighbours
also threaten the award for the best Christmas decorations,
which the Street has been winning.
As the standoff between the Kranks and their neighbors escalates,
Luther and Nora received a phone call that their daughter,
Blair will be coming home for Christmas!
wanting to disappoint their daughter, the now panicky Kranks
have less than twenty-four hours to perform many miracles:
Have a fully-ornamented Christmas tree with plenty of present
beneath, put up frosty the snowman on the roof-top, decorate
the house, prepare Christmas spread, invites all the supposedly
angry neighbours to their home for party!
on the bestselling novel Skipping Christmas by John Grisham,
"Christmas with the Kranks" however, had failed
to warm the heart of audiences, which were the priority essence
that are expected from Christmas titles. In spite of having
the comedian talent of Tim Allen, Dan Aykroyd (well-known
for his "Ghostbuster" fame) and Jamie Lee Curtis
on the leading roles of
this interesting script, it is surprising that the movie does
not install many tummy-hugging fun and heart-warming moments.
this may be concluded as an average Christmas title, the unimaginable
idea of "Skipping Christmas" may still be able to
draw some curious
Review by Leosen