Christmas with The Kranks

MPAA Rated – PG
It’s 1:38 Long
A Preview by:
The Dude on the Right

Christmas with The Kranks
Movie Stats & Links
Starring: Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Julie Gonzalo
MPAA Rated: PG
Released By: Sony Pictures
Release Date: 2004
Directed By: Joe Roth

What a bummer for John Grisham. Alright, I guess it won’t kill his pocketbook, but you write a book called “Skipping Christmas,” it’s pretty popular in the story circles, and you license the story to a movie studio. The problem is the MPAA folks tell the studio folks that they can’t name the movie “Skipping Christmas” because it is too close to the Ben Affleck movie “Surviving Christmas,” a matter of first come, first named. I suppose, in the end, it might be better for the “Kranks” movie people because of all of the crappy press “Surviving Christmas” has gotten.

Anyway, Tim Allen, who is quickly cornering the “if it’s a Christmas movie it better have Tim Allen in it” market, plays Luther Krank. When their daughter decides she won’t be home for Christmas, and being a little dismayed with the entire Christmas scene, Luther convinces wife Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis), that a tropical climate is a much better place to spend Christmas. She reluctantly agrees, much to the dismay of the neighbors, who always looked forward to the Krank’s Christmas displays and general yuletide cheer. Then, at the last minute, Blair, the daughter, decides she can’t be away from home for Christmas, and mom and dad only have hours to set up the beautiful Christmas they are known for. Oh, and yea, hilarity ensues.

Rated PG, this looks like a really cute family film for Christmas time. Grisham is always a great storyteller, even in his branching away from legal stuff, so this has tons of potential to be tons of fun.

That’s it for this preview! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!