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green and white leafed plantsChristmas with the Kranks

Based on John Grisham’s novel Skipping Christmas, Christmas With the Kranks revolves around Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Luther Krank’s (Tim Allen) decision to put their normally fanatical enthusiasm for the holidays aside for a tropical cruise. With their daughter in Peru with the Peace Corps, the Kranks believe it just isn’t worth it; thus, no presents, Christmas trees, or decorations of any kind will adorn their house to the great consternation of their neighbor Vic (Dan Aykroyd). Just as it looks like Christmas will be successfully skipped, Blair (Julie Gonzalo) throws a major kink into her plans when she suddenly has a change of heart and announces she’ll be coming home for Christmas after all. The film ran into troubles early on in production when Ben Affleck’s similar sounding bomb Surviving Christmas won the race to the theaters, forcing the filmmakers to depart from the book title in favor of the catchy Kranks one.

Synopsis written by Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide

Official website

IMDB user rating: 4.6/10

MPAA: Rated PG for brief language and suggestive content.

Runtime: 98 min


Young Artist Award (Best Family Feature Film – Comedy or Musical)


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International trailer


Tim Allen – Luther Krank

Jamie Lee Curtis – Nora Krank

Dan Aykroyd – Vic Frohmeyer

M. Emmet Walsh – Walt Scheel

Cheech Marin – Officer Salino

Erik Per Sullivan – Spike Forhmeyer

Jake Busey – Officer Treen

Elizabeth Franz – Bev Scheel

René Lavan – Joanna

Kevin Chamberlain – Mr. Scanlon

Austin Pendleton – Umbrella Santa/Marty

Tom Poston – Father Zabriskie

Julie Gonzalo – Blair Krank

Caroline Rhea – Candi

Patrick Breen – Aubie

Felicity Huffman – Merry

John Short – Ned Beker

Arden Myrin – Daisy

Bonita Friedericy – Jude Becker

David Hornsby – Randy Becker

Lyndon Smith – Randy Scanlon

Ryan Pfening – Gus Scanlon

Andrew Daly – Husband

Cary Thompson – Manager

Eryn Nicole Gonsalves – Schoolgirl

Chelsea Broussard – Schoolgirl

Rachel L. Smith – Trish Trogdon

Patrick O’Connor – Office Staff

Taylor Block – Schoolgirl

Paul Taylor – Fireman

Julia Roth – Cashier

Matt Walsh – Neighbor #2

Dawn Didawick – Shopper

Doug Cox – Neighbor #1

Kim Rhodes – Office Staff

J.P. Romano – Mailman

Vernee Watson-Johnson – Dox

Joe Guzaldo – Burglar

Jan Hoag – Choir Director

Alan King

David L. Lander – Tanning Intruder

Mark Christopher Lawrence – Wes Trogdon

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