Tim Allen is transformed from the holly-jolly Santa of THE SANTA CLAUSE (1994) to a selfish grinch whose too-small heart eventually swells with patently false holiday cheer in this sour comedy based on John Grisham's novella Skipping Christmas
. Nora and Luther Krank (Jamie Lee Curtis, Tim Allen) are heartbroken when their only child, Blair (Julie Gonzalo), decides to spend the holiday season with the Peace Corps in Peru rather than at home with her family. Nora's resigned observation that "Christmas won't be the same" gives Luther the brilliant idea that they should forgo the usual frantic holiday mayhem and take a Caribbean cruise. As far as bottom-line-orie...