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Christmas with the Kranks
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Nov 24, 2005 By: Sturdy
Christmas with the Kranks order
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Actors:
Tim Allen
Jamie Lee Curtis
Dan Aykroyd

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A popular suburban family suffers from empty nest syndrome and decides to skip the holiday season.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Christmas movies are hit and miss. Sometimes you get a quality holiday movie that actually works and other times you get bombs that shamelessly try to sell themselves as being festive to hide the fact they’re filled with second rate performances with no plot or redeeming qualities. Kranks falls into the latter category.

The thing that gags me about this movie is when I read a review or hear someone say “it has such a good message”, because the thing is, it doesn’t have a good message at all. For 80 minutes we’re sold the idea that Christmas is nothing more than hickory ham and Frosty the Snowman. Then at the very end they throw in the notion of “love thy neighbor” and hope we’ll forget all the crap we just witnessed. Kranks is everything that’s wrong with the holiday season. Furthermore, not one character even insinuated that family or being together was more important than cheap decorations. They were so obsessed with decorating for Christmas, that they lost sight of what was important. And no, they didn’t address that in the final ten minutes. And why in the world was everyone on their street obsessed with Frosty? Why would a ten year old boy care whether or not his neighbor had a snowman on his roof? I can’t look past certain things just because it’s a holiday movie. That’s not a free pass to remove all logic or intelligence from a screenplay.

I don’t expect every Christmas movie to even touch on “the real meaning of Christmas” (GASP!!!), but I do expect a movie that markets itself as having a good message to actually have a good message. Kranks was a pitiful movie that should have been left as a looked over John Grisham novel.

By the way, what happened to Jamie Lee Curtis? Has it been that long since TRUE LIES? For the first half of the movie I kept thinking she and Tim Allen were wearing fat suits. Then came the bikini shot and sadly, I was wrong.
THE EXTRAS
None. Thank goodness. I’d like to thank Columbia Tri-star for not putting any effort at all into this release.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This is cheap fluff that preys on the consumer’s need for a holiday movie. Do yourself a favor and leave this one on the shelf.
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