Movie Review: Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 2004 holiday movie starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis.

Synopsis: With their daughter expected to miss the holidays because she joined the Peace Corps and will be gone for a year, Luther Krank convinces his depressed wife to skip Christmas and save money by taking a luxury cruise instead. When word of this decision leaks out, it offends their friends and causes all sorts of problems with their holiday-obsessed neighbors.

Christmas with the Kranks

When their only daughter Blair leaves the family nest, Luther and Nora Krank (Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis) decide to book an island cruise to beat the yuletide blues and just...

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One of Our Holiday Favorites

My wife and I first saw this movie a few years ago and instantly fell in love with it. We quickly added it to our holiday movie collection as a result and it is now one of the first Christmas movies we watch every year, usually right after Thanksgiving.

The thing I personally like about this movie is the way everyone takes everything to extremes. Luther (Allen) and his wife (Curtis) could easily find a middle ground that allows them to take their trip and still have Christmas by simple budgeting. Instead, they take an all-or-nothing approach that alienates everyone (it’s not like decorating the house is going to cost them all that much considering they already have the majority of their decorations). And, their neighbors really weren’t much better with their obsession and somewhat selfish attitude (especially the way they were getting angry at the fact they weren’t having a Christmas party).

As far as comedies go, this is a very funny movie with some great jokes. One of our personal favorites is the mystery surrounding Marty (Pendleton), who he is and how he seems to know everyone in town despite the fact nobody seems to have any idea who he is. Considering my wife and I have found ourselves in very similar situations, it was very easy to relate.

Oh, and that twist involving their daughter (Julie Gonzalo) throwing a major wrench into everything with a last-second announcement was also a nice touch. Granted, it was a little predictable. But, it led to some very entertaining and funny situations as a direct result.

Skipping Christmas: A Novel

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERImagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther and Nora Kr...

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Final Opinion

This movie may never be considered a holiday classic but it has become a must-watch film for us. It is a brilliant comedy that is fun to watch and even has a nice holiday message about community and what it means to be a good neighbor. I do recommend taking the time to watch this movie if you haven’t seen it before.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 03/19/2017, StevenHelmer
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