Thursday, September 26, 2013

Scrooged, 1988

Directed by Richard Donner
Written by Mitch Glazer and Michael O'Donoghue (from some old thing that Charles Dickens wrote)
Starring Bill Murray, Karen Allen, Bobcat Goldthwait

This is not everyone's favorite, nor is it everyone's favorite Bill Murray movie (surely that's Groundhog Day), nor is it everyone's favorite Christmas move (surely that's It's a Wonderful Life, in a crowded field). However, I watch it basically every year. It's heart is in the right place, even if (as the New York Times would say) Mr. Murray and director Richard Donner had disagreements about the tone. Besides, it's friggin' Bill Murray as Scrooge -- what more could one ask for? There are lots of good lines, many delightful supporting performances, and, like the original Scrooge, he gets the message, so it has the Christmas spirit.

One bit that I especially enjoy (partly because the waiter is played by Tony Steedman, also known for playing Socrates in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure) and features a little primer in proper grammar:

Frank Cross (Bill Murray): "Are you him? Are you him?"
Waiter (Tony Steedman) shakes his head: "Are you he?"

Scrooged at IMDB.


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