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on 9 November 2008
I was horrified to see Scrooged on amazon with only a 3 star rating, so I clicked on the item to check out what the reviewers had said. Unfortunately the overall rating had been pulled down dramatically by the rather grumpy review by what appears to be a genuine real life scrooge. This film is great. Bill Murry plays the part of a modern day scrooge beautifully with his deadpan humour and classic role of progressive personality transformation. The film can't take much credit for the overall storyline, but compared to the many other rather boring and overdone rewrites of the classic, this one stands at the top for its clever adaption and extremely comical approach. At the end of the day it wasn't trying to do justice to the original story, but create a funny, feel good movie that comes with the brilliant undertones and moral principles that Dickens was trying to convey, in a modern day setting with a great cast and hillarious script. I watch this film every time its on TV at Christmas and it always puts you in a great mood and into the Christmas spirit. Scrooged is definately in there with the all time classic Christmas movies, love it!
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on 5 December 2007
my favourite xmas film , every year it comes out and sits by my dvd player,
bill murray plays mr cross, a cruel man who hates everything !
3 ghosts of xmas come to visit , laugh out loud funny , realises that hes a bad man , changes his ways and has a happy ending !
a must for your xmas collection .
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on 16 December 2002
I just can't fault Bill Murray in this film...
His interaction with all the other characters is top notch, whether he's being the meanie by firing Elliot Laudermilk (Bobcat Goldthwaite) on Christmas eve or getting 12 bells knocked out of him by the fairy-like Ghost of Christmas Present.
If you haven't seen this film, I suggest you get yourself a copy today, stick it on and sit through the whole thing eating that tin of Quality Street you'd bought for someone else but you know that the green triangles have been playing on your mind, haven't they?
Get into the Frank Xaviar Cross style of Christmas spirit!
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on 18 October 2003
I watch this movie several times each year, starting about October time and finishing with a Christmas eve viewing! Its an excellent, entertaining, funny, emotional and heart-warming version of A Christmas Carol. The ending scene and end-title soundtrack never fail to bring a tear to the eye and a warm fuzzy feeling! Light those candles, pour the mulled wine and enjoy!
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VINE VOICEon 28 April 2015
Another welcome spin on a Christmas classic, this time featuring the dead-pan, tiresome and insulting genius that is Bill Murray as our new 'Scrooge', Frank Cross, who maintains a straight-face as he bounces from sequence to sequence in a mad-cap, brutal and crude interpretation that is a perfect alternate festive film for the "darker, more mature" fans.

While not full of bad language and sex/violence, this does deal with topics like alcholoics, suicide, homelessness and other festive fun! Murray steals the show as no matter what surreal or comical situation he is placed in, be it facing off against a violent Christmas ghost, dressing up in a dog suit or giving a heartfelt monologue to the audience, he delivers it all with a straight-face; enjoying the moments he can be a bastard to children and the elderly, and revelling in the moments he can be likeable and loving, which he does very well.

With a good supporting cast, a haunting Tim Burton-esque soundtrack to accompany this darker tale of 'A Christmas Carol', the gags are plenty, but played more for black comedy rather than silly slapstick over the 90mins runtime.

Definitely a Christmas classic for the ages, showing the funnier, darker side to Christmas.
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on 27 December 2011
I love this movie. It's one of my top ten Christmas films. Yes, Bill Murray pretty much plays himself. Yes, the ending is too sentimental in a way that only Americans can do. No, it doesn't matter. Dickens's story never fails to engage. The relocation of the action to 1980s New York with a curmudgeonly TV exec' in the lead role works really well. The ghosts are refreshingly different with the exception of Christmas yet-to-be who probably only ever really works as a faceless shrouded figure.

The story should be familiar to all by now and Scrooged follows the premise fairly closely. Frank Cross (Murray) has achieved his current exalted position by sacrificing his personal life, his family and his girlfriend on the altar of ambition. He marks Christmas Eve by authorising a horrific TV trailer for a live showing of A Christmas Carol even though it has caused the death of an elderly viewer. He sacks another exec' played by Bobcat Goldthwaite for disagreeing with him and forces his PA to work late even though she has a doctor's appointment for her son who cannot speak. Goldthwaite's character and his rapid descent into alcoholic decrepitude are interspersed with Murray's adventures with the ghosts. Despite Goldthwaite's weird vocal delivery and his previous form as a crazed baddie in Police Academy, he plays the nerdy exec well and it is difficult to imagine anyone else playing the part.

Murray retires to his office and is visited by the ghost of his old boss (a cue for some gruesome make up and prosthetics) who warns him that he will be visited by three ghosts. After some spooky shenanigans in a restaurant Murray is picked up by the ghost of Christmas Past who takes him back to 1955 a la Back to the Future in a ghostly Checker Cab. Here he sees his childhood, his early career and the love of his life played by Karen Allen. Then to the ghost of Christmas Present played by Carol Kane as a fairy with an irritating high voice and a penchant for violence. She shows Murray how his actions affect his overworked and underpaid PA and his brother whilst finding time to kick him in the 'nads and belt him in the face with a toaster. Finally the ghost of Christmas yet-to-be shows him the future if he doesn't change his ways. This ends with Murray actually finding himself in his coffin as it enters the crematorium before returning to reality to get shot at by Goldthwaite.

In between each ghostly visitation Murray interacts with various people including his brother, his ex-girlfriend, a rival exec from LA and three down-and-outs all of who help shape the change in his personality. Murray's journey also runs parallel to the live showing of A Christmas Carol being played out in the TV studio and Murray causes mayhem on set when he returns there after a ghostly experience. He also returns to the set after his Christmas epiphany and uses the opportunity to spread the word about the spirit of Christmas to the viewing multitudes. This is where the film descends into sentimental schmaltz but it's feelgood Christmas schmaltz so I don't mind.

There are loads of references to classic TV shows and the eighties setting doesn't date the film too much. My favourite scene is the restaurant one where Murray flips out after being served a Highball with an eyeball (by Grouty from Porridge of all people) and thinking one of the waiters has caught fire. Murray's pratfall as he leaves the restaurant is brilliant and never fails to make me laugh. The prelude with Lee Majors is a hoot and could've formed the basis for an actual movie. If you fancy a helping of Scrooge without the Victorian trappings then this film is for you. Top Christmas viewing.
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on 19 February 2016
Looks and sounds like a new movie
It is a straight port from the same source as the dvd version though, it retains a piece of audio where Murry says "It's only money" but it sounds like a stretched audio tape and comes out as "It's only mone'oney"
the line is very distracting when you know and love the film so it is disappointing that it has come up again on this format
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on 24 January 2016
This is a great take on the classic Christmas Carol story. Bill Murray is at his manic best! Although the ending is a little OTT, hell, it is in the original story too. Rick Moranis plays a blinder as the whiskey-sozzled, shotgun-toting ex-employee who is suddenly confronted - and recruited - by the reformed Murray.
Well worth a watch!
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on 13 January 2004
We've all seen an adaptation of the imortal Charles Dickens classic 'A Christmas Carol' in some form or other, usually one of the ones which has stuck as close to the original story as possible. This film provides quite a refeshing change in that it is completely modernised while still sticking to the 'Scrooge' theme.
The story is about a mean network TV President called Frank only looks out for himself, number one, and everyone elses needs come absolutely last. His selfishness is somewhat changed however when he is visited by, the three ghosts, of Christmas past, present and future.
You see, it's not really that different from the book apart from it's been jazzed up and made more modern and thus much more apealing to the younger generation who may find the older adaptations harder to understand.
Bill Murray who plays the lead, Frank, is absolutely brilliant and can't really be faulted throughout the whole film, and he plays the scrooge of the movie sprisingly well, and is very convincing. The rest of the well-picked cast are great in their roles as well, however it's Murray who makes the film what it is, and for his fans, this is an absolute treat.
This is an absolutely essential movie to watch at Christmas which the whole family can sit and enjoy together and i for one will be watching it every year from now on. So if what your looking for is a basically 'A Christmas Carol' but with a bit more jazz in it, then this is the film for you, and if you are a collector of films, then this is a valuble edition to your collection.
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on 4 April 2016
Bill Murray is(in my honest opinion) brilliant as a Scrooge character. The movie is a wonderful retelling of Charles Dickens' classic Scrooge. The character transition is done well. Scrooged always manages to make me laugh..
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