Christmas with the Kranks – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 78
“You’ve tried the rest, now try us.”
Podcast cucks Daniel and Corky contemplate skipping Christmas for the rest of their lives after suffering through Joe Roth’s sad and depressing Christmas with the Kranks. Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis play soulless twits in this sour, misanthropic, materialist nightmare of a Christmas movie made by some of the most privileged people on the planet. This exhausting parade of white people’s Christmas problems offers only banality, blandness, and the most desperately unfunny sitcom hijinks imaginable.
Meanwhile, Daniel and Corky discuss canned ham slapstick, Squiggy cameos, and menacing Christmas carols.
The Beast of War (Nick Paticchio)
CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS FACTS AND FIGURES
Daniel’s craft beer: Fieldwork Brewing’s Glorzo DIPA (8.3% ABV)
Corky’s craft beer: Kern River Brewing’s Chuuurch! IPA (7.6% ABV)
Theatrical release date: Nov. 24, 2004
Domestic box office: $73.8 million (production budget: $60 million)
Critic scores: 5 on Rotten Tomatoes; 22 on Metacritic
This week’s darer: Julio from The Contrarians podcast
IMDB synopsis: “With their daughter, Blair, away, Luther and Nora Krank decide to skip Christmas all together until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate it at the last minute.”
Why did Julio dare Daniel and Corky to watch Christmas with the Kranks? “For the longest time, whenever we watched a bad movie for our show, I’d bring us home by asking my co-host, ‘Was it worse than Christmas with the Kranks?’ The answer was always no.”
This week’s referenced movies: Feds; The Great Train Robbery (1903); Waterworld; Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves; Extreme Measures; The Last House on the Left; Crank; Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise; Lucky Numbers; Better Off Dead; Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas; It’s a Wonderful Life; Paper Moon; the Halloween movies; The Room; the Home Alone movies; Norbit; Jerry Maguire; Gotti; Gigli
Ratings: Daniel – Double Dare; Corky – Double Dare