This film is destined to become a Christmas favorite for years to come. I believe that special attention has been paid to make the film in such a way that most families will not be offended by its content. Since its MPAA rating of PG was given so close to its release date, I can only conclude that they removed elements that would have garnered a PG-13 rating specifically to appeal to families of all types. I was impressed that even though the Kranks were going to boycott Christmas, one concession that Luther makes is to still give their annual donations to a charity and to their church.
The Kranks is a good example of Hollywood intentionally making a film for the entire family by their definition. The only reason I gave it 4 Dove’s instead of 5 was due to some predictable plot elements and the inclusion of mild language and alcohol use that could both have been removed without changing the movie’s plot.