History Film / ChristmasWithTheKranks

15th May '18 4:18:32 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* StepfordSuburbia: In which celebrating Christmas is apparently ''mandatory'' and refusing to participate in it will result in the ''entire neighborhood'' obsessively following you around and badgering you to give in like some kind of [[CrapsaccharineWorld jolly yuletide Orwellian dystopia.]]
3rd Jan '18 5:09:45 PM shawn_allen
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** Save the scene at the tanning salon where the family priest acknowledges they're non-participation in the Christmas holiday festivities.
25th Dec '17 3:01:47 AM johnnye
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* IdiotPlot: The Kranks want to go away for the holidays. But oh no, their neighbours want to win a prize for best-decorated street! ...so, why don't they just ask to decorate the Kranks' property for them in their absence?
23rd Dec '17 10:46:26 AM smasll_lordvoice
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* SpaceWhaleAesop: If you overcome your hatred of the holidays and join in with the Christmas celebrations [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong like everyone else on your block]], [[spoiler: the real genuine Santa Claus will save you from being killed by a burglar.]]
23rd Dec '17 10:35:18 AM smasll_lordvoice
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* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: The entire plot. The Kranks decide to not celebrate Chirstmas. They're "wrong" according to their neighbors, who proceed to harass them until they do. The Kranks complain and they only become "more wrong".

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* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: The entire plot. The Kranks decide to not celebrate Chirstmas.Christmas. They're "wrong" according to their neighbors, who proceed to harass them until they do. The Kranks complain and they only become "more wrong".


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* MoodWhiplash: One of the many criticisms of the film is how it swings wildly between clashing tones without any effort put in on the parts of the filmmakers to make it a smoother transition. It frequently bounces between the CringeComedy of the Kranks' domestic interactions, the downright ''[[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop disturbing]]'' conformist antics of the other townspeople, and the cancer diagnosis of Kranks' neighbor Bev played for all the weepy sympathy-wringing of your average Lifetime channel movie.
20th Dec '17 1:49:45 PM shawn_allen
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* BrickJoke: Luther sees two people enjoying a cruise when he makes the decision to skip Christmas. Later, when he and Nora wear bathing suits to get tans, they are the same as the couple in the ad.
9th Dec '17 8:05:31 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* PoorCommunicationKills: The plot, and its myriad problems, [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot could have been avoided]] had Luther and Nora told Blair about their plan to take a cruise. Granted, it was a rather sudden decision, but they had at least three weeks to let her know.

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* PoorCommunicationKills: The plot, and its myriad problems, [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot could have been avoided]] avoided had Luther and Nora told Blair about their plan to take a cruise. Granted, it was a rather sudden decision, but they had at least three weeks to let her know.
27th Nov '17 9:54:56 AM Gravidef
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* {{Jerkass}}:
** Luther seems to be one just for the sake of it.

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* {{Jerkass}}:
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{{Jerkass}}: Luther seems to be one just for the sake of it.


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* JerkassHasAPoint: Pretty much the ''whole reason'' the movie falls apart. Yes, Christmas is obviously a big deal in this community, but Luther and Nora are quite right in pointing out that they spend over $6,000 on it every year, largely to make their daughter happy--and now that she's gone, there's no need to put in that much cash for something they don't really want to do.


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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Blair thinks she's giving her parents a wonderful surprise by coming home for Christmas unannounced with her fiance in tow. Oh, how very, very, VERY wrong she is.


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* PoorCommunicationKills: The plot, and its myriad problems, [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot could have been avoided]] had Luther and Nora told Blair about their plan to take a cruise. Granted, it was a rather sudden decision, but they had at least three weeks to let her know.
5th May '17 11:30:08 AM Jeduthun
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* TheAntiGrinch: The Kranks' neighbors don't seem ''meant'' to be seen this way, but their attempts at badgering the Kranks into their over-the-top version of holiday cheer do succeed in ruining the Kranks' plans for a quiet getaway.



* SavingChristmas

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* SavingChristmasSantaClausmas: There's no indication at all in the story that Christmas just might have any religious component to it.
* SavingChristmas: Well, for a given value of saving.
18th Feb '17 10:04:20 AM InformalFallacies
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* ObsessivelyNormal: When Luther and Nora Krank decide to skip celebrating Christmas in favor of going on a cruise. The ''[[StepfordSuburbia entire neighborhood]]'' stalks, harasses and pickets the two over it, judging them every chance they get and even posting it in the local newspaper, especially over the neighborhood's custom Frosty the Snowman figure. It is not until they decide to put their decorations up to celebrate their daughter returning from the Peace Corps do they start acting civil towards them.
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