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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Jamie Lee Curtis
Tim Allen
Dan Aykroyd.
Directors
Joe Roth.
Screenwriters
Chris Columbus.
Running Time
99 minutes

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Christmas With The Kranks
Christmas comedy with Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis


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Plot
A husband and wife attempt to completely avoid the annual holiday, much to the chagrin of their neighbour (Aykroyd) and daughter, who has returned home to celebrate the event.


Review
You'd think that Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis would be able to squeeze a few laughs out of any comedy script they deigned to accept, but this adaptation of John Grisham's novel Skipping Christmas proves otherwise. After their daughter Blair (Gonzalo) leaves home, Luther and Nora Krank (Allen and Curtis) decide to give Christmas celebrations a miss - much to the disgust of their neighbourhood, lead by the fanatically festive Vic Frohmeyer (Aykroyd).

There's a hint of early promise in the street's attempts to convert them to all things frosty, sparkly and covered in lights, but this is abandoned in favour of comedy so broad it barely dents its targets and a patronising moral conclusion that goes against everything its protagonists originally stood for.


Verdict
Skipping Christmas begins to seem like an increasingly good idea…


Reviewed by Anna Smith

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Average user rating for Christmas With The Kranks
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Not quite that bad

....I rented this title, and was pleasantly surprised, ready to hate it. Yes, its daft, slightly patronising and full of "dire-logue" but it felt okay watching it. Its there to make money, but I don't feel so offended having no paid so much to see it if I'd watched it at the cinema or bought the DVD itself. If I had, I'd of taken another star off, but as I didn't, this is very feel-good stuff, kids will like it and it does feel a little christmassy. Not great, but hardly the worst film... More

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Posted by Pipkin3 at 21:51, 15 December 2007 | Report This Post


Not quite that bad

....I rented this title, and was pleasantly surprised, ready to hate it. Yes, its daft, slightly patronising and full of "dire-logue" but it felt okay watching it. Its there to make money, but I don't feel so offended having no paid so much to see it if I'd watched it at the cinema or bought the DVD itself. If I had, I'd of taken another star off, but as I didn't, this is very feel-good stuff, kids will like it and it does feel a little christmassy. Not great, but hardly the worst film... More

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Posted by Pipkin3 at 17:50, 15 December 2007 | Report This Post


Disagree!

I am sorry to say that for once, I disagree with the above review from Empire. I think that once you are in the Christmas spirit, "Christmas With the Kranks" is a fun and warm film. Personally, I think that as Christmas films go, this is one of the better ones and I think it should be enjoyed by any Christmas enthusiast out there! ... More

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Posted by Movie Mad at 21:59, 09 July 2007 | Report This Post


W

This film is utterly woeful, and reveals a high degree of ineptitude amongst those who made it. While it is apparently a comedy, laughs are rarer than living dinosaurs. Furthermore, the ending is a complete cop-out, somehow mixing the endings of A Christmas Carol and It's A Wonderful Life, but without the excellence of either. This film aspires to mediocrity. ... More

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Posted by Southall Sissoko at 15:23, 07 February 2007 | Report This Post



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