YMMV / Christmas with the Kranks


  • Adaptation Displacement: Of Skipping Christmas.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The movie is grounded in reality (well, apart from the way the characters act, at least), but the final shot ends with one of the rooftop Frosties tipping its hat to the viewers as Marty, as Santa, flies by overhead in a Volkswagen Bug pulled by reindeer.
  • Bile Fascination: The primary interest most people have in it is how it shows everything wrong with Christmas movies.
  • Designated Hero: The neighbors, all of whom have gone out of their way to force their Christmas traditions and the competition upon the Kranks.
  • Designated Villain: Luther and Nora. Who knew not celebrating Christmas or simply celebrating it your own way was considered a borderline criminal offense?
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Conformity and commercialism are good and bullying those who think otherwise is a-okay. You know things are bad when even the movie itself points out how the tone would shift drastically if the Kranks were any other religion besides Christianity.
  • Heartwarming Moment: As bad as this movie is, one moment that stands out from the rest. Luther offering the cruise tickets to his neighbor, Walt, and his dying wife as a Christmas present for them.
  • Informed Wrongness: In the end the audience is somehow supposed to agree with the neighbours that the Kranks are being selfish in wanting to celebrate the holidays on their own terms and not be bullied into conforming with everyone else over a tacky competition. Luther insisting that they not even give any money to charity seems to have been thrown it explicitly to make this go down easier.
  • Mood Whiplash: The news of a neighbor coming down with cancer for the third time or of Blair's marriage to a man she only just met are quickly glossed over as the madness on the block carries on.
  • Special Effect Failure: The CGI face that's plastered onto Tim Allen's stunt double during his fall from the roof crosses into Uncanny Valley territory, not helped by the extreme close-up we get.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The baby-Einstein influenced score that accompanies most of the movie. Special mention goes to the scene where Luther looks at how much is spent on Christmas every year.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: What could have been a wickedly sharp satire on the kind of people who have made Christmas the beast it is gets ruined when the movie expects us to be on their side.
    • Some reviewers think the movie would have been much better had it been about the Kranks actually on the cruise.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The very fact that not celebrating Christmas is seen as some kind of moral or even legal offense is bad enough, but then the film hammers home the idea that fighting against the status quo no matter how much you disagree with it will get you nowhere and you should accept it for what it is. Roger Ebert noticed.
  • What an Idiot: Both the crook that the cops pick up near the end of the movie, and the cops themselves. The latter because, instead of driving him down to the station after they drop off Blair and her fiancee, decide to leave the man unattended in their car while they goes to the Kranks' party. The former because, even though he manages to escape the car with the help of a gullible kid, decides that instead of just counting his blessings and making a run for it (or even going to one of the dozens of empty houses on the block), he'll just break into the house the policemen are in and steal some things.
  • The Woobie: Both of the Kranks. But Nora especially during the ham scene.

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