Starring: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover, Bobcat Goldthwait, Carol Kane, David Johansen, Robert Mitchum, Alfre Woodard
Directed by: Richard Donner
Written By: Mitch Glazer, Michael O’Donoghue
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 41 min
A lot of people have their favorite Christmas movie. The one that gets the holiday spirit churning inside. For me, the best story during the silly season is Charles Dickens’s Scrooge, and my favorite movie interpretation of this classic story is Richard Donner’s Scrooged.
Bill Murray is on top form as Frank Cross, the head of programming at a large TV network as they plan a world wide telecast of the Scrooge story. The humor is dry and dark, and the cool dialog is loaded with hilariously quotable lines. It’s slickly put together, and the visual effects hold up well even today. It also keeps the heart and message of the Scrooge story intact, and the finale should warm even coldest cynical heart!
If you’re a fan of Bill Murray you’ve already seen and enjoyed this! If not – it’s classic 80’s Murray. If you enjoyed Ghostbusters and/or Stripes – you’re are likely going to enjoy this too. Even if you never cared about the Scrooge story, there’s still plenty to enjoy here. The script is well written – It stars the lovely Karen Allen – and the Ghost of Christmas present (Carol Kane) hits Bill Murray with a toaster! What’s not to like?
It’s really well shot too, so a matinee would be cool if your local theater screens it. At home, I would suggest a HD showing.
Best moments and elements for me: << spoilers >>
When Frank Cross suggests staples as a means to attach mini antlers to a mouses head! Everything the Ghost of Christmas present does! Karen Allen! The bouncing golf ball! Bill Murray! The discussion with the censor about nipples! Frank Cross reaction to the other TV producers cheesy Scrooge promo:
‘You’ve got a promo featuring America’s favorite old fart reading a book in front of a fireplace! Now I have to kill all of you!’