Christmas with the Kranks (DVD)
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|Christmas with the Kranks: Music from the Motion Picture|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||November 23, 2004|
|Genre||Christmas music, Garage rock|
The soundtrack was produced and supervised by American musician Steven Van Zandt, who arranged and produced 6 of the tracks. It features many holiday standards, including Jingle Bell Rock by Brenda Lee; Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Billy May & His Orchestra with vocal by Alvin Stoller; I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by Eddie Dunstedter; White Christmas by Dean Martin; Frosty the Snowman by Steve Van Zandt; Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley; and The Christmas Song by Ella Fitzgerald.
Unlike the movie, the soundtrack received generally favorable reviews, with many critics appreciating the use of garage rock as a fresh take on Christmas music. Houston Press featured it on their list of top 10 Christmas movie soundtracks.
|1.||Merry Christmas (I Don t Want to Fight)||Ramones||2:03|
|2.||Frosty the Snowman||The Charms||3:39|
|3.||The Christmas Song||The Raveonettes||2:12|
|4.||White Christmas||Tina Sugandh||4:00|
|5.||Merry Christmas to All the World||Jean Beauvoir||3:58|
|6.||Navidad||Rene Lavan and Austin Pendleton||2:02|
|7.||Feliz Navidad||Davie Allan||2:37|
|8.||Hey Santa Claus||The Chesterfield Kings||2:26|
|9.||Jingle Bell Rock||Brenda Lee||2:07|
|10.||Joy to the World||The Butties||2:44|
|11.||The Nutcracker Suite||The Brian Setzer Orchestra||7:09|
|12.||Blue Christmas||Elvis Presley||2:06|
On its opening weekend, it earned $21.6 million on 3,393 screens, ranking #3 behind National Treasure and The Incredibles. It eventually grossed $96.6 million worldwide.
On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 5% of 134 critics reviews are positive, with an average rating of 3.2/10. The website s consensus reads, A mirthless movie as fresh as last year s fruit cake, Christmas with the Kranks is a coarse, garish comedy that promotes conformity. It is the second-worst reviewed Christmas movie on the site. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 22 out of 100 based on 33 critics, indicating generally unfavorable reviews . Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of B on an A+ to F scale.
Roger Ebert gave the film 1/4 stars, calling it a holiday movie of stunning awfulness that gets even worse when it turns gooey at the end. Nell Minow of Common Sense Media gave the film 1/5 stars, writing: 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. Stephen Hunter of The Washington Post wrote: Christmas With the Kranks is a leaden whimsy so heavy it threatens to crash through the multiplex floor. Claudia Puig of USA Today wrote: You will not want to spend Christmas, or any other day of the year, with the Kranks. Or, for that matter, in the company of their uncommonly nosy, self-righteous and meddling friends and neighbors.
Scott Foundas of Variety was more positive, calling it an agreeable, if snowflake-thin stocking stuffer faithfully adapted from John Grisham s 2001 bestseller Skipping Christmas.
Christmas with the Kranks was released on DVD and VHS on March 8, 2005, and on UMD Video for PSP on November 8, 2005. It was released on November 14, 2005, in the UK. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment later released the film on Blu-ray on November 16, 2021.
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