Christmas with the Kranks is the 2004 comedy Christmas movie that is based on the 2001 John Grisham novel Skipping Christmas. The movie stars Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, M. Emmet Walsh, Elizabeth Franz, Erik Per Sullivan, Cheech Marin, Jake Bussey, Austin Pendleton, Tom Poston, Julie Gonzalo and René Lavan. The film was directed by Joe Roth and composed by John Debney. Blair Krank (Julie Gonzalo) leaves for the Peace Corps the day after Thanksgiving and for the first time Luther (Tim Allen) and Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis) Krank will be alone at Christmas. Luther convinces Nora to skip Christmas and go on a Caribbean cruise instead.