- Director:Joe Roth
- Writer:John Grisham,Chris Columbus
- Cast:Tim Allen,Jamie Lee Curtis,Dan Aykroyd
- Time:1h 39min
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Tim Allen||-||Luther Krank|
|Jamie Lee Curtis||-||Nora Krank|
|Dan Aykroyd||-||Vic Frohmeyer|
|M. Emmet Walsh||-||Walt Scheel|
|Elizabeth Franz||-||Bev Scheel|
|Erik Per Sullivan||-||Spike Frohmeyer|
|Cheech Marin||-||Officer Salino|
|Jake Busey||-||Officer Treen|
|Austin Pendleton||-||Umbrella Santa / Marty|
|Tom Poston||-||Father Zabriskie|
|Julie Gonzalo||-||Blair Krank|
|René Lavan||-||Enrique Decardenal|
The title of the John Grisham book on which the film is based is "Skipping Christmas." It wasn't used for the film to avoid confusion with another Christmas-themed film, Išgyventi Kaledas (2004).
The swimsuits the models are wearing in the advertisement for the cruise the Kranks are taking are the same ones Luther and Nora wear when they go tanning in the mall.
During filming, it was reported that the cast and crew had ingested over 10 pounds of fake snow.
When the Kranks are watching Vic Frohmeyer through the window, Luther says to Nora, "So you're saying Frohmeyer has a problem with our skipping Christmas? Who's he gonna call?" Dan Aykroyd, who plays Frohmeyer, also starred in the film "Ghostbusters" for which "Who Ya Gonna Call" was a line from the movies theme song.
Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Akroyd had previously starred in Trading Places, My Girl, and My Girl 2 together. They play neighbors in Christmas With the Kranks rather than love interests as they have in their previous movies.
M. Emmet Walsh and Tom Poston were both recurring actors on Tim Allen's Auksarankis (1991).
Tom Poston's final film.
This film is based on the John Grisham book "Skipping Christmas". This is also the headline that appears in the newspaper article after the tanning salon incident.
Julie Gonzalo, who plays Blair Krank, and Jamie Lee Curtis also star together in Freaky Friday (2003) in which Gonzalo plays the nemesis of Curtis's daughter.
Lots of deleted and alternate footage appears in the movie's trailer (included in the "Previews" section on the DVD). Some examples are:
- A book being opened to a photo of the Krank family.
- Nora Krank taking a photo of her husband and daughter outside their house.
- Luther Krank with a device in his mouth, obviously sitting in a dentist's chair to get his teeth whitened and/or fixed.
- Luther Krank driving home with the skimpy tree on the roof of his car getting heckled by another motorist.
- A different cruise advertisement in the travel agency's window.
- Luther Krank showing his botox-injected face in the hospital. (We only see it for the first time in the scene afterwards where he's eating with his wife.)
- The shot of Blair Krank saying goodbye to her parents at the airport doesn't have a screen credit over it as it does in the actual film.
Ally Sheedy was considered for the role of Nora Krank.
During the scene when Tim Allen is stuck hanging from his roof, you can see one of the fireman get hit in the face with the ladder.
When the power goes out, Luther asks Vic if he knows anybody at Con Ed. In Vaiduokliu medziotojai 2 (1989), Dan Aykroyd who plays Vic, and the other Ghostbusters pretend to be from Con Ed to dig a big hole in the middle of the street.
Tim Allen has done a total of five Christmas movies - The Santa Clause, The Santa Clause 2, Christmas with the Kranks, The Santa Clause 3, and El Camino Christmas (2017).
After the party had already started, the burglar who lies about having kids tries to escape from the upper floor and walks out onto the roof. Tim Allen's character, Luther Krank yells "Hey, get down from there!" which was similar to him first yelling at Santa Claus on the roof then yelling the same lines to his son on the roof not long after in one scene from "The Santa Clause" starring Tim Allen.
When worrying about what Vic and the neighbors will think about the plan, Luther says "Who's he gonna call?" Dan Aykroyd, who plays Vic was in Ghostbusters, for which the tag line was "Who ya gonna call?"
This is the second Christmas movie Tim Allen starred in where a character fell off the roof. The first movie was "The Santa Clause" (1994) where the real Santa Clause fell off the roof.
Patrick Breen (who made a cameo as Aubie, a Christmas card maker) was in "Galaxy Quest" also starring Tim Allen.
Dan Aykroyd also played a neighbor named "Vic" in 1981's "Neighbors" with John Belushi.
There is an on going feud between Tim Allen and the neighbours white persian cat 'Muffles' in this film. Tim Allen also had a run in with his girlfriend's white Persian cat 'Coco' in the earlier 1997 film Jungle 2 Jungle.
When Luther finds out what the name of the mysterious man he says "Houston we have a name." In Apollo 13, which stars Tim Allen's Toy Story Co-Star Tom Hanks, Tom's character says "Houston we have a problem."
Arden Myrin and Andy Daly are both former cast members of Mad TV.
When Nora is worried about the kids telling Vic Fromeyer they were skipping Christmas Luther says whose he going to call and one of the people is Santa. Tim Allen played Santa in The Santa Clause movies.