YMMV: Christmas with The Kranks

  • Adaptation Displacement: Of Skipping Christmas.
  • Bile Fascination: The primary interest most people have in it is how it shows everything wrong with Christmas movies.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Conformity and Commercialism are good. 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 Catholic.
  • 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.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The very fact that not celebrating Christmas is seen to be some kind of unforgivable sin is bad enough, but then the film hammers home the idea that fighting against the established conformity no matter how much you disagree with it will get you nowhere and you should never do otherwise. Roger Ebert noticed.
  • What an Idiot: Both the crook that the cop picks up near the end of the movie, and the cop himself. The latter because, instead of driving him down to the station after he drops off Blair and her fiancee, decides to leave the man unattended in his car while he 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, he'll just break into the house the policeman's in and steal some things.
  • The Woobie: Nora, especially during the ham scene.