Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Tim Allen, Dan Aykroyd, M. Emmett Walsh
Directed by: Joe Roth
Synopsis: With their daughter away, her parents decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holidays at the last minute.
I just noticed this film was written by John Grisham and Chris Columbus. WTF?! One, that is just weird, and two, how could those two come up with something this average?
It is the story of the Krank family, who decide, this being the first Christmas without their daughter, that they won’t celebrate it. They will avoid it. Except they can’t. Because it’s Christmas. Cue slapstick humour…
I have read elsewhere that the director, Joe Roth, is actually a studio boss, which might go some way to explaining this mess. Grisham, who is obviously a highly regarded author, is credited as one of the writers because it’s based on his story Skipping Christmas. I haven’t read it so can’t compare, but if the film is a pretty faithful adaptation, I think old John should stick to stories that get turned into Clint Eastwood and Harrison Ford movies!
Again, like some of my previous reviews, I can’t be too harsh on Christmas With The Kranks, purely because it’s a Christmas film. It is pretty bad, and was surely a straight to DVD release when it came out, but I’m sure most people will titter a couple of times, and it was good to see Dan Akyroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis together again, all those years after Trading Places.
All in all, a pretty unremarkable movie, which is most surprising considering it’s origins.