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A 2004 "comedy" film based on the novel ''Skipping Christmas'' by Creator/JohnGrisham, directed by Joe Roth and scripted by Creator/ChrisColumbus (''Film/HomeAlone'').

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A 2004 "comedy" comedy film based on the novel ''Skipping Christmas'' by Creator/JohnGrisham, directed by Joe Roth and scripted by Creator/ChrisColumbus (''Film/HomeAlone'').

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* FanService: On the flip side, the tanning scene gives us the sight of Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis with minimal clothing, both of them looking quite good for their ages.


** In the same review, Ebert also noted that none of the houses have crucifixes or nativities on their front yards, which is somewhat expected in a typical suburban neighborhood. Ebert suspected that showing even the slight implication of religious people forcing their views on other people's throats in the movie would offend conservative Christian groups, so the filmmakers decided to play it safe and have every house display secular decorations. Ebert wrote in [[https://www.rogerebert.com/answer-man/star-power-overrides-ethnicity a later Q&A]] that these same religious groups endorsed the film, which he found both ironic and (given the movie's premise) disturbing.


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** In Roger Ebert's review, he noted that none of the houses have crucifixes or nativities on their front yards, which is somewhat expected in a typical suburban neighborhood. Ebert suspected that showing even the slight implication of religious people forcing their views on other people's throats in the movie would offend conservative Christian groups, so the filmmakers decided to play it safe and have every house display secular decorations. Ebert wrote in [[https://www.rogerebert.com/answer-man/star-power-overrides-ethnicity a later Q&A]] that these same religious groups endorsed the film, which he found both ironic and (given the movie's premise) disturbing.

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** In the same review, Ebert also noted that none of the houses have crucifixes or nativities on their front yards, which is somewhat expected in a typical suburban neighborhood. Ebert suspected that showing even the slight implication of religious people forcing their views on other people's throats in the movie would offend conservative Christian groups, so the filmmakers decided to play it safe and have every house display secular decorations. Ebert wrote in [[https://www.rogerebert.com/answer-man/star-power-overrides-ethnicity a later Q&A]] that these same religious groups endorsed the film, which he found both ironic and (given the movie's premise) disturbing.


** Save the scene at the tanning salon where the family priest acknowledges they're non-participation in the Christmas holiday festivities.

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** Save the scene at the tanning salon where the family priest acknowledges they're their non-participation in the Christmas holiday festivities.


* IndecisiveDeconstruction: Of SavingChristmas or YetAnotherChristmasCarol. Or we may be giving them too much credit and it's just a case of UnintentionallySympathetic DesignatedVillain.

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* ArtisticLicenseReligion: Father Zabriskie is a guest at the party at the end. As Creator/RogerEbert noted, Catholic priests don't get Christmas Eve off, since [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight_Mass Midnight Mass]] is a major event in Roman Catholicism.

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** Since they already lost the contest, coming in a distant fourth due to the dark Krank house, they had no reason to decorate the house otherwise. The kids were pestering Luther just to bust on him.


A 2004 comedy film based on the novel ''Skipping Christmas'' by Creator/JohnGrisham, directed by Joe Roth and scripted by Creator/ChrisColumbus (''Film/HomeAlone'').

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A 2004 comedy "comedy" film based on the novel ''Skipping Christmas'' by Creator/JohnGrisham, directed by Joe Roth and scripted by Creator/ChrisColumbus (''Film/HomeAlone'').

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** Also, Vic rallies the neighbors by saying their not doing for Luther, but for Blair, who baby-sat most of their kids and is now serving in the Peace Corps.

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* AFriendInNeed: Vic comes across as this. While he and Luthor aren't exactly friends, once he finds out what is going on, he wastes no time rallying the neighbors to all pitch in and help out. He even gives marching orders to the police to pick up Blair from the airport so the Kranks can use the time getting everything ready.
--->Cop: I don't think we can do that.
--->Vic: Shall I call the Chief?


* 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?

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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.]]

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