DAY 14 – SCROOGED (1988)


Starring: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, Bobcat Goldthwaite, David Johansen, Robert Mitchum, Carol Kane

Directed by: Richard Donner

Synopsis: A cynically selfish TV executive gets haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

A classic Bill Murray film, this is a retelling of A Christmas Carol, set in the modern, cut throat world of television. Bill does a fantastic turn as the, frankly, horrible Frank Cross. He may even be more unlikeable than old Ebernezer himself because not only is he a full on “bah humbug” Scrooge, but he is also smarmy, sleazy and calculating to go with it.

There is a lot to enjoy about this movie, especially if you grew up in the eighties watching Ghostbusters etc. It could even be construed as a companion to that film, albeit a Christmas take. I mean, it features Bill Murray, a load of ghosts and a comedy/horror premise, leaning heavily toward the comedy.

Bill Murray obviously steals the show, as he does in pretty much any film before or since. He truly is a disgusting individual in this, taking delight in firing people before Christmas and being nasty to the homeless. Obviously, being a take on A Christmas Carol, we know he turns good in the end, when he sees what will become of his, and every one else’s lives if he doesn’t change.

The supporting cast are all great, Bobcat Goldthwaite, Carol Kane and David Johansen all add some craziness to the proceedings, and Karen Allen adds that touch of beautiful class.

This is definitely a ‘watch every year’ Christmas film, as it suits both Scrooges and Sentimentalists together! Go watch it if you haven’t already. In fact, go watch it if you have!

4 clappers


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  1. Not big on Christmas movies, but as a Bill Murray fan I’m tempted to see this one. Thanks for the review!

  2. MRS N, the Author

    This is one of my favorite movies and it is a must-watch! My question for you is why is it only 8/10? Your review makes it sound like it is 10/10. I give it an 11/10! 🙂

    • Haha, it’s not quite a ‘full marks film’ for me. There are films I prefer so I couldn’t give it full marks. It was close though!

  3. giorge thomas

    Tom – Do you have any movies for cynical can’t-be-arsed-with-Christmas types who do not want to be uplifted but have their grumpiness vindicated?

    • Why of course Giorge, just read tomorrow’s review 😉. I’ll give you a hint, it’s called Love Actually and it is schmaltzy and sentimental and cheesy and cringed and AMAZING!!!

      Don’t be cynical at Christmas, it’s true what the song says “it’s the most, wonderful time of the year” 😄

      But yeah, if you hate all that stuff then obviously Bad Santa would be your thing!

  4. i absolutely LOVE Bill Murray so this is a must-watch!!

    • Who doesn’t like Bill Murray! What a guy! What are your favourite films of his?

      • I like him in everything. Really, though. From The Royal Tenenbaums to Zombieland to Lost in Translation to Ghostbusters to Groundhog Day to Rushmore. He’s excellent in everything he does.

      • Being a Wes Anderson fan I like him in any of those, plus his 80s classics and stuff like Lost in translation and Broken Flowers.


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