Christmas with the Kranks
The movie Christmas with the Kranks was based on the book Skipping Christmas.
Movie details for Christmas with the Kranks
The movie was released in 2004 and directed by Joe Roth, who also directed Freedomland (2006). Christmas with the Kranks was produced by Sony Pictures. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.
Actors on this movie include Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, M. Emmet Walsh, Elizabeth Franz, Erik Per Sullivan, Cheech Marin, Jake Busey, Austin Pendleton, Tom Poston, Julie Gonzalo, René Lavan, Caroline Rhea, Felicity Huffman, Patrick Breen, John Short, Bonita Friedericy, David Hornsby, Kevin Chamberlin and Lyndon Smith.
Book details for Skipping Christmas
Luther Krank sees his daughter's Christmas absence as an opportunity. He estimates that "a year earlier, the Luther Krank family had spent $6,100 on Christmas," and have "precious little to show for it." So he makes an executive decision, telling his wife, friends, and neighbors that "we won't do Christmas." Instead, Luther books a 10-day Caribbean cruise. But things start to turn nasty when horrified neighbors get wind of the Krank's subversive scheme and besiege the couple with questions about their decision.
Grisham builds up a funny but increasingly terrifying picture of how this tight-knit community turns on the Kranks, who find themselves under increasing pressure to conform. As the tension mounts, readers may wonder whether they will manage to board their plane on Christmas day. Skipping Christmas is Grisham-lite, with none of the serious action or drama of his legal thrillers, but a funny poke at the craziness of Christmas. --Jerry Brotton, Amazon.co.uk