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03/26/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Scrooged" by Yojimbo

Dickens' ubiquitous seasonal tale gets yet another re-telling in this amiably dated 80s comedy. Bill Murray stars as a tyrannical TV network president who goes through the usual learning the "true spirit of Christmas"motions via ghostly visitation. As is always the case with this type of thing, it's reliant on saccharine drenched sentimentality, but Richard Donner actually manages for the most part to temper it with some post modern slapstick and Murray's deadpan wit. It gets a little nauseating towards the end, the subplot featuring his secretary's son left me feeling particularly bilious. But the first half of the film is classic Murray and the ghosts are all good fun. One of the few Christmas films that I can watch without having to reach for the sick bucket.

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02/15/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Scrooged review

Francis Xavier "Frank" Cross (Bill Murray) is an insensitive selfish executive of a network. Claire Phillips (Karen Allen) sees Frank again but never got along because of his career while he has a strained relationship with his brother James (John Murray). He likewise mistreats his hardworking assistant assistant Grace Cooley (Alfre Woodard). Frank’s boss, Preston Rhinelander (Robert Mitchum), hires Brice Cummings (John Glover) as a production assistant.

Screenplay was effective in relaying its message: Frank’s boss - “Don't waste your life as I did.” Frank’s father – “He's gotta learn that life's doesn't come on a silver platter.“ Ghost of Christmas present – “Sometimes the truth is painful, Frank.” Frank – “I gotta live! I wanna live! Oh, God! I wanna live!” “And if you give, t...

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12/07/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Review - Scrooged (1988)

Frank Cross (Bill Murray) was a money-grubbing television executive who only thought of Christmas as a profit. Now he is going to live Dickens’ classic Christmas tale in “Scrooged.”

Bill Murray has never proved more that he is a bad actor than in this film. He does finally redeem himself in the finale, but throughout the film he really hams it up.

The main problem with this film is that it doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be. Sometimes it’s a happy Christmas movie, sometimes it’s a dark comedy, and never does it settle with one mood. The real world and the world teaching Frank about the true meaning of Christmas don’t seem separated enough, but I could just not know what the director was going for.

“Scrooged” is one Christmas movie that doesn’t need to be considered a classi...

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Super Kev

09/01/2007 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

That b!%@h hit me with a toaster!

Who deosn't love the age-old story of Ebenezer Scrooge learning about the true meaning of Christmas?? I know I always did, I love most of the versions of this story (yes even the Mickey Mouse Christmas!) but when THIS jewel of cinema came out, I was all "Stnading Ovations" all the way! First of all, I love Bill Murray , I know what??? I love ALL the actors/actresses in this movie and I think they all did an awesome job in it! My favorite parts are DEF the ghosts (Buster Poindexter predicting Frank will cry, Carol Kane knocking his block off, and the Ghost of Christmas Future showing the boy in the rubber room and how cold Claire has become.) Amazing movie, highly recommended, thanx for reading, God bless, Super Kev

PS- I'm prolly gonna add to this late...

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