Christmas can be overwhelming even for the best of us, so it’s understandable why some people choose not to celebrate the season. In 2001, legal thriller writer John Grisham embraced that idea with his novel Skipping Christmas, which was subsequently adapted by screenwriter Chris Columbus and director Joe Roth as the perennial holiday film,Christmas with the Kranks, which hit theaters in 2004.
The Santa Clauses‘ Tim Allen and Halloween Ends star Jamie Lee Curtis portray the titular couple, Luther and Nora Krank, both of whom are surprised when they are transformed into the neighborhood pariahs just because they want to skip Christmas in favor of a Caribbean cruise. Since their daughter, Blair (Julie Gonzalo), joined the Peace Corps and moved away, the Kranks refuse to budge when it comes to not decorating their home for the holidays. But when Blair announces that she’ll be home for Christmas, the Kranks have to make peace with their neighbors and quickly put together the Christmas party and decorations that used to be their holiday tradition.
But you don’t have to wait until the last minute to spend Christmas with the Kranks. We’re here to tell you where you can watch it — and that’s on one of the biggest streaming platforms in the world.
Where is Christmas with the Kranks streaming?
If you’re ready to watch Christmas with the Kranks, head to Amazon Prime Video to begin streaming. Over the years, Prime Video has increased the number of premier movies and television shows on the service. Thanks to a deal with Universal Pictures and Warner Bros., fans can access several recent theatrical hits as well as the hit fantasy series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, which is available to stream for fans of Middle-earth.
When is it streaming for subscribers?
Christmas with the Kranks is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
Stream Christmas with the Kranks on Amazon Prime Video
How much does it cost?
Amazon Prime Video is included with your Prime membership. It costs $15 per month or $139 per year. If you are not interested in receiving the perks of Amazon Prime and only want to access movies and TV shows, a Prime Video membership is $9 per month. Students can receive a discounted Amazon Prime membership for less than $8 per month or $69 per year.
Cable TV subscribers can watch Christmas with the Kranks for free on AMC. Users can also access AMC content through live TV services such as YouTube TV, FuboTV, Philo, and Sling TV. Prices vary depending on your subscription.
Is it worth watching Christmas with the Kranks?
It’s not as good as The Santa Clause, but if you’re interested in seeing Allen play someone other than Santa in a Christmas movie, check it out. Here’s the official synopsis:”With their daughter, Blair, away in Peru, Luther and Nora Krank decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate it at the last minute.”
Christmas with the Kranks is directed by Joe Roth and written by Chris Columbus. Besides Allen and Lee Curtis, the ensemble cast features Dan Aykroyd, Julie Gonzalo, Dava Hulsey, M. Emmet Walsh, Elizabeth Franz, Cheech Marin, Jake Busey, and Tom Poston in his final role.
On Rotten Tomatoes, Christmas with the Kranks sits at 5% on the Tomatometer and registers a 38% audience score. On Metacritic, the film holds a Metascore of 22 and a user score of 7.8.