Parents' Guide to

Christmas with the Kranks

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Unoriginal, unfunny slapstick holiday fare.

Movie PG 2004 98 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 13+

Teacher Review

In my school district, we are allowed to show PG movies to our 5th graders. I always use this site to ensure that the movies are school appropriate. While the general rating said zero for sex and language, there is mild inappropriate sexual innuendos throughout the movie, as well as, mild language like "damn" and "hell". I would advise not showing this to children less than 13 years of age.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
5 people found this helpful.
age 12+

Heads up on a robber element I missed

Christmas with the Kranks had some funny moments my family enjoyed, but it was spoiled for us by the robber scene about 3/4 through the movie. This totally distracted my kids who are sensitive to themes of this sort from the positive message at the end of the movie. I didn’t see another review mentioning the thief who attempted to steal from the family, so I thought I’d add it hear in case your kids are sensitive to this or if you aren’t ready for that conversation yet. It did have some sexually suggestive moments, but they were brief and went over my kids' heads. I didn't care for the way the parents talked to each other at times ("you're an idiot" type of comments) but we use those as teachable moments when they pop up in films as a reminder of how we should treat others. Overall the movie was fine for older kids, but it was a miss for our family, and I wish we hadn't watched it.
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14):
Kids say (24):

The characters are unpleasant, the jokes are unfunny, and the sentiment is hypocritical -- so this movie is about as unappetizing as last year's figgy pudding. There are useless digressions about a robber and a mystery man who seems to know everyone. The fact that Blair has a boyfriend who is a foreigner is supposed to be funny. One of the Kranks' neighbors develops a very serious health problem, a particularly manipulative and awkward plot device obviously inserted to get our sympathy and give Luther a growth experience.

But what makes this film genuinely toxic is its attempt to leverage all of its audiences' feelings about the best of Christmas while having no sense at all of what makes those feelings matter. Nora's only contact with her clergyman is contrived so that he sees her in her skimpy bathing suit. The film's phony attempt to make fun of the craziness, commercialism, and conformity of the holiday season is in fact just one more example, so fundamentally fake and superficial it makes tinsel look like sterling.

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