Overall Rank: 3308
Average Rating: 2.7/4
# of Ratings: 151
Theatrical Release Date: 11/23/1988
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Richard Donner
Actors: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover, Bob Goldthwait, Carol Kane
Plot: A truly heartless TV executive is taken on a tour of Christmas past, present and future in this satiric take on A Christmas Carol.
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Snoogans - wrote on 11/22/2011
A pretty funny take on this classic Christmas tale.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 04/03/2011
Fun, tongue-in-cheek, twist on the familiar Dickens story. Bill Murray is fantastic and delivers some of the best lines of the film. Occasionally, the film dips into corny material, but what Christmas film doesn't? By the end, the message is contagious and it's honestly a film to watch every holiday season.
The Movie Man - wrote on 05/19/2009
Scrooged is a remake of The Christmas Carol, but this version is utterly forgettable. Richard Donners direction is good but this screenplay is ugly and cruel. Bill Murray's character is highly unlikable. This movie is one bad thing after another and it never seems like the entertainment is going to begin. This should not be anyone's idea of a heartwarming holiday movie.
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Yojimbo - wrote on 03/26/2012
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.
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 02/15/2012
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, …
Delorted - wrote on 12/07/2007
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 …
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