Scrooged (1988)

 Rated R. There’s swearing, but it’s only here and there.


If you like your Christmas movies–especially the stars of your Christmas movies—to be very big and very loud, Bill Murray’s hard-drinking performance in Scrooged probably feels like your perfect slice of turkey. It’s an unpopular opinion, but we weren’t Murray fans in this movie, especially in the unearned finale where he just comes across as phony and desperate. He also seems…gulp…miscast? He certainly doesn’t seem like the right man for the job whenever the focus is on the love story with the delightful Karen Allen. It didn’t help at all that the versatile Richard Donner was apparently a terrible match directing his improvisational star. But, hey, what do we know? This is a beloved holiday comedy, one of the favourites for legions of people. So whether you think you’ll agree with our take or not, put a little podcast in your e-e-ears as the 421st Ellises’ Analysis tears Scrooged a new one.

Well, Actually: Joel Murray was indeed in a couple of movies that Bobcat Goldthwait directed (Shakes The Clown and God Bless America).

If you’re going to watch a TV special about A Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve (or if you’re going to do a reading of Dickens’ play like we & our friends did last week…so much fun, highly recommend it!), you’d be wise to have a cup of Sparkplug Coffee handy. Our longtime sponsor will knock off 20% if you use our promo code (“top100project”) at check-out.

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Links to: A Christmas Carol (1951) and The Omen and Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day and Lethal Weapon

Previously on The Ellises’ Analysis: Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle

December 27th on The Ellises’ Analysis: Shaft