#63 Christmas 2014: Scrooged (1988)

Frank Cross, a hard-boiled eighties TV executive (Bill Murray) wants to smash all the ratings in the christmas time by producing a modernised and bastardised version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to the live TV. Soon he finds out himself being haunted by the ghosts as grim as the show he’s putting on.

I’m not too keen on modernisations of the old classics, so every now and then it’s good to see someone get it right for once. Scrooged is one of these rare cases and its meta take on the story-within-the-story of the Christmas Carol works well brought to the modern age.

Murray plays the role of a self-absorbed asshole so beautifully that it’s almost a shame to see him getting soft at the end. Supporting him is Bobcat Goldthwait in his typical typecast loud, trembling voiced, nervous dude and he fits the role here perfectly.

It’s entertaining, it’s very eighties and it still has that message of christmas in it. There’s nobody, NOBODY on this earth who plays a totally self-absorbed asshole better than in a more hilarious way than Murray. Very much recommended!

80s-o-meter: 97%

Total: 91%


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