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In this modern take on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," Frank Cross (Bill Murray) is a wildly successful television executive whose cold ambition and curmudgeonly nature has driven away the love of his life, Claire Phillips (Karen Allen). But after firing a staff member, Eliot Loudermilk (Bobcat Goldthwait), on Christmas Eve, Frank is visited by a series of ghosts who give him a chance to re-evaluate his actions and right the wrongs of his past.
Yep, still my favorite adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
Late, late night viewing and I'm glad as I always watch this at some point during Christmas and was afraid I wasn't going to get to it this year.
And I just realized it's my 25th anniversary. From the first time I saw it in '88 till now it has been twenty-five viewings, one each year.
I just love it and not because it's a Christmas movie as I don't really care much for the holiday. No, I love it because it is hilarious. It has one of film's most unique comedians doing what he does best, being a complete and utter bastard. Murray's dead pan delivery of insults matched with his absurd…
You know I like the rough stuff, don't you, Frank?
-Ghost of Christmas Present
Probably my favorite "modern re-imaging" of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. While the same heartfelt message is essentially there, the drama is greatly toned down and replaced with mean spirited humor tailor made for it's time but perhaps more meaningful today then it was 25 years ago.
The reason for that is the modernization of Ebenezer Scrooge into Frank Cross, a TV executive that takes the commercialization of Christmas to new heights is beyond perfect for the 80s, but 25 years later commercialization of everything we held dear has become an unstoppable beast bigger and badder then ever before. It's arguable that the film plays to…
Two of my favourite things in life, Christmas and Bill Murray.
Clearly the greatest achievement of Scrooged is getting Robert Mitchum to yell, "A BUTTHEAD?!"
For a long time I've regarded Scrooged as my favourite Christmas movie and this viewing has done nothing to change my opinion. Sure, any film allowing Bobcat Goldthwaite to do his thing will never be able to be perfect or even get 5 stars, but that is practically the only thing wrong with Scrooged.
In fact, Scrooged does this marvellous thing of being based around a live retelling of A Christmas Carol at the centre of its story and yet manages to craft a 'Scrooge' story of its own around it without getting into a mess of self-awareness. Instead it just concentrates on trying to be…
Being a massive Bill Murray fan, I was more than stoked to experience a film of his I'd never seen before, and was even more ecstatic with it being a Christmas film. What I forgot to take into account was that this is another adaptation of A Christmas Carol, a film I find really difficult to get a feel for on screen. My problem is that the story is so dark and depressing, and these films lighten that tone far too often. It's not really something that defines a Christmas film, but it definitely has great morals. There are a couple adaptations that I enjoyed, but suffice it to say that this one did the least for me.
I don’t know if I’m supposed to like this movie.
The first real instance we get of Bill Murray being Scrooge involves him updating a really boring commercial for his studio’s production of A Christmas Carol. His way of doing that is adding a false sense of violence, action and, apparently, explosions.
Scrooged is, minus the explosions, exactly that: Donner taking a classic work and updating it Lethal Weapon style… but that worked for me. Murray’s performance is magnetic, as in a magnet with both poles. Sometimes he’s warm and trying to impress Karen Allen, other times he’s a walking armory of sarcastic rage grenades taking out everything in sight.
The ending of A Christmas Carol couldn’t possibly be a…
One of the best adaptations of Scrooge ever.
I probably should have waited till Christmas for this one, because it just felt.... wrong
This was a very good movie with some funny moments. Bill Murray did a good job in this one...
Roger Ebert, der kürzlich verstorbene US-Kritikerpapst, hasste "Die Geister, die ich rief…", vor allem aufgrund Bill Murrays Darbietung, die viel Schreien involvierte. Ist ein Stern als Wertung gerechtfertigt, wenn man eine Neuauflage von Charles Dickens‘ "Eine Weihnachtsgeschichte" anfertigt und einen modernen Scrooge präsentiert, der wirklich widerlich ist? Geht es nicht genau darum? Wie auch immer, die Meinung dieses Rezensenten geht in eine andere Richtung als die von Ebert und generös, wie er war, wird er sie mir sicherlich auch noch aus dem Jenseits zugestehen.
"There are people who are having trouble making their miracle happen; there are people who don't have enough to eat, there are people who are cold, you can go out and say hello to these people. You can take an old blanket out of the closet and go to them and say 'Here!', you can make them a sandwich and say 'oh by the way, here!'"
I want to start by saying that my favorite A Christmas Carol adaptation is the Mickey Mouse one. I watched it when I was very little, and since then it has held a very dear spot in my heart.
However, "Scrooged" came very close to topping its place, if it wasn't for the emotional…
Not a particularly clever or funny take on a classic tale.
SAW: at home, with Jessica
I was always intrigued by the poster when I was a kid, and I then had no idea what this was about. I was very disappointed to find that at no point does a skeleton light a cigar for Bill Murray.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
I know a lot of these aren't exactly high art masterpieces or classic films, but that's not what this list…