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Scrooged 1988
PG-13

  • Richard Donner
  • November 22, 1988
  • 101 mins
  • English
  • Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
The spirits will move you in odd and hysterical ways.
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.

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Haven't watched this in quite a long time, but I remember liking it when I was younger. And I'm surprised it's held up pretty well. It feels a little dated being so integrated into the 80's, but you expect that so it doesn't affect the movie too much. The cast is fantastic, each ghost is adapted well, and Bill Murray is great as the stand in for Ebenezer, playing his usual curmudgeon asshole perfectly. But ultimately his turn in the end feels a bit forced and easy. The movie's dark comedy beats play well, but it lacks the heart of the better versions of Dicken's classic. And that is what ultimately holds it back. That and the cringe worthy sing-a-long at the end. Still a fun Christmas watch that is now a little off the beaten path.

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