Scrooged (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
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A modern, comedic telling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Release Date: 13-AUG-2002
Media Type: DVD
Most critics couldn't get behind Bill Murray's modern retelling of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, finding it too unfocused at times and not nearly wicked enough. Still, if you're a Murray fan, you have to enjoy his deliciously nasty portrayal of the world's meanest TV executive, who has his cathartic moment one cold Christmas night in New York City. The various ghosts lead him on a ghost-town tour of Manhattan, with stops at holidays past, present, and future and a Kumbaya moment when Al Green and Annie Lennox sing "Put a Little Love in Your Heart." The effects are otherworldly, but one wishes the writing were as sharp as Murray's edgy portrayal. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I guess I'm biased because in my mind Bill Murray can do no wrong - I am that big of a fan.
I found Scrooged to be hilarious and a refreshing change of pace from the sugary Christmas Carol originals. Sure they are great movies, but a change of pace that also offers good sentiment at the end is also refreshing.
The ghosts of Christmas past in Scrooged are hilarious, especially Carol Kane the "sweet, angelic" ghost who kicks Bill's butt more than once.
Some tender moments are when you realize, as the credits run, that Bill's brother in the movie is really played by his real brother, and Bill couldn't have summmed it up any better when he states, at the end of the movie, that Christmas is the one time of year when we all spend a few hours being the kind of people we should be all year long. It's a reminder of all we can and should be.
I really enjoyed this movie and plan on buying it on DVD ...
Unfortunately, I found this slow to start with. Too long an introduction to Frank Cross (Bill Murray) as the grumpy TV producer person. It really kicked off when the first of the three ghosts appeared - and I found myself reliving my childhood! I loved this book by Charles Dickens as a child, although I was a bad girl, and always skipped to the bit where the ghosts started appearing. I could have done with a skipper on this movie too.
The lovely Karen Allen appears as Frank Cross' ex-girlfriend. I had trouble placing her face, and had to ask - and got the response with a big sigh. I loved her in Starman, and she was great in this movie. The thing about Karen Allen is she has a really nice smile, and makes me want to smile too! I haven't seen her in enough films.
The big singsong was brilliant at the end, and was the highlight of the film for me. Keep watching the credits too, for an extra short bit of Bill Murray doing a little dance.
If you have or want this DVD, don't watch it until the run-up to Christmas. Definitely not one you can watch any other time - unlike A Mom For Christmas (Olivia Newton John, which I think was another TV movie!). I can watch that anytime, and still cry!
Bill Murray (Osmosis Jones, Lost In Translation, Charlie's Angles) plays TV Executive Frank Cross the meanest, cruelest, most viscious person in the Entertainment industry in New York (Actually patterning himself after real TV Executives of the time.
He happens to be producing his Diabolical version of A Christmas Carol, with Violence, Sex and Amzing non-traditional Christmas Themes. This makes a series of events happens.
Because of this he is forced to see his life, Past, Present and Possible Future! On the way his old Exec Business Partner played by John Forsyth (Charlie's Angles, Dynasty) warns him he will be visited by three ghosts.
Past is played Brilliantly by David Johanson (Oz, Freejack) and takes the form of a New York Cabbie.
Present is played Hysterically by Carol Kane (My Blue HEaven, Joe Vs The Volcano) as the fairy with an incredible attitude.
The future is played by some use of Special Effects.
Other great casting is the amazing Alfrie Woodard (Star Trek First Contact, Radio, K-PAX) as the mother of a muted child that learns a valuable lesson.
Robert Mitchem (James Dean Story, Tombstone, North and South) plays Bill's boss with the sneaking incentive of replacing him with a new California TV Exec obnoxiously (in a good way) played by John Glover (Smallville, Tricks, Batman & Robin).He does have his love interest played by Karen Allen (Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Perfect Storm, Malcom X) who teaches him the real meaning of love, life and Christmas. There is a character string played by Bobcat Goldthwait (Hercules, Little Vegas) who learns several valuabale lessons himself.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
A great parody of the classic Christmas Carol and We always watched it at Christmas. A good role for Bill MurrayPublished 4 months ago by Jeff
I saw this in the theater way back. One of my xmas memories of the 80's. Good old Bill Murray- the perfect guy to play this role. This movie will make you laugh. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Liz. C
funniest, best, most wonderful movie of that most wonderful time of the year.Published 14 months ago by Scissorpaws
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