Ya know, I’ve seen this silly flick on many a “Worst Christmas Movies Ever” list, but I honestly kinda have a soft spot for it. With Tim Allen’s usual pig-headedness & the cute mommy ‘Lee Curtis there isn’t much to not like about this one.
Christmas with the Kranks was actually based upon a novel written by the best-selling author John Grisham. Kranks, although not Grisham’s usual legal thriller style, is the usual blend of Christmady. That is, a Christmas comedy, with all of the family dysfunction and magical cheer one can handle. Personally, I think Grisham wrote a wonderful holiday tale, screw the critics! This movie is definitely one to consider adding to your own Christmas film marathon just due to the ridiculous neighborhood the majority of the movie takes place in. I’m sure some of you out there can relate to up-tight townsfolk eh?
Anyway, one of the insane neighbors played by Dan Akroyd, terrorizes Luther (Allen) and Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis) because they’ve decided to skip Christmas this year due to their daughter leaving for the Peace Corp or something awesome like that. Of course Allen starts acting like the holiday humbug he is SO good at playing (see also “The Santa Clause”) while Curtis saves the day. Just like the majority of the holiday movies Allen stars in he’s forced to learn his lesson and in the end everything is right in the world.
All right, it’s no “Holiday Inn” but I think the funny part where they’re at the tanning bed with way-too-small swimwear on & the scene where Curtis buys the ham at the grocery store are perfect examples of why you have to give this movie a shot.
It’s cute, I promise! I’ll give it a B+
(see the grading scale here)