‘Christmas with the Kranks’ brings laughter to the season

Lydia Petty

With the holidays on the way, families come together to enjoy the time.

A great way to do that is with a good holiday movie like “Christmas with the Kranks” directed by Joe Roth and adapted from the book “Skipping Christmas” by John Grisham.

Released on Nov. 24, 2004, staring Tim Allen as Luther Krank and Jamie Lee Curtis as Nora Krank, “Christmas with the Kranks” made over $21 million at the box office just in the first weekend alone according to the Internet Movie Database.

Worldwide it was said to have made over $96 million calling it a success.

It is a comedy about Nora and Luther Krank whose daughter Blair leaves for the Peace Corp right before Christmas. Luther comes up with this crazy idea to “skip Christmas” and save money and go on a cruise.

From the start, Nora is reluctant about the idea because of her love for the season.

As trouble starts brewing, she is the one who has to deal with the wrath of it while Luther hides at his work.

The news spreads quickly that the couple is skipping the well-loved time. Because Christmas, is so big in their town, many people turn on the Kranks and complain that it won’t be the same without them. All that is stuck on their mind is the tropical breeze from the Caribbean.

With no tree bought, the only dark house on the street and Frosty still in the basement, the Kranks get an unexpected phone call from Blair.

She announces that she will be home for Christmas that day. She is excited for the traditional Christmas Eve party, the lights and Frosty.

From a thousand miles away she doesn’t know the truth.

Will Blair come home to Frosty and lights all over or will her parents have to explain why the house is so dark with no one there for the annual party?

“Christmas with the Kranks” will make you laugh and even cry at the soft moments.

A movie everyone of all ages will love, it is a must watch to bring holiday cheer.

This movie get’s a grade of: A