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Running Time:
1 hour, 34 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for brief language and suggestive content.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A flat,laugh-free holiday tale.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: [None Specified]

Christmas with the Kranks
This holdiday comedy was adapted from John Grisham’s "Skipping Christmas" and was directed by Joe Roth (America’s Sweethearts). It depicts a witch hunt against a man and woman who decide to forgo spending the Christmas season at home with their neighbors, and decide to take a tropical cruise. Their daughter's away in South America on a Peace Corps mission, so why not? Among the film’s guilt-tripping minions are a woman with cancer, a priest who stares at Nora’s breats and it's all led by neighborhood busybody (Dan Aykroyd), who insists that Luther (Tim Allen) and his wife Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis) put up an eight-foot Frosty the Snowman decoration on their roof. Money seems to be no object in this preposterously close-knit town, so when the Kranks decide to take their expensive cruise instead of spending their money on Christmas festivities, and grouchy Tim Allen refuses to buy a calendar from the local police department or a Christmas tree from a feisty Boy Scouts troop, they probably deserve all the scorn they get. Then their daughter Blair (Julie Gonzalo) calls to say that she’s coming home with her future husband, the Peruvian Enrique, Luther and Nora change their minds and the town bands together to help them cheer up their home. The comedy leans heavily on slapstick with scenes such as one in which Curtis chases a canned ham around the street. Another joke forces Curtis to put her body on display in a bikini. Maybe she thought she was being a good sport. She probably should have refused. After playing Santa Claus in two movies, Allen returns to seasonal hi-jinx parade but this time he stuck with such hilarity as playing a man who gets Botox injections to make his face look younger for his holiday cruise. Not exactly a great comic notion, but just about as funny as this film gets. But finally they all discover the true meaning of Christmas, and that's what it's all about, isn't it?

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