Saturday, 10 December 2016

Scrooged (1988)


Comedy | Fantasy


Richard Donner




Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover, Alfre Woodard, Bobcat Goldthwait, David Johansen, Carol Kane, Robert Mitchum, Nicholas Phillips, Michael. J. Pollard, Mabel King, John Murray, Wendie Malick, Brian Doyle-Murray, Joel Murray, Delores Hall


Frank Cross (Bill Murray), a selfish and cynical man who runs a TV station which is planning a live adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, is haunted by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.


Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is a story everybody known. It has been adapted so many times, both in feature and short films, it's impossible you haven't seen any version of it. I sure have seen a lot of them, from childhood's favourite "Mickey's Christmas Carol" to Robert Zemeckis' disappointing "A Christmas Carol". Among them all, "Scrooged" is easily the funniest I've seen, and arguably the funniest I'll ever see.

The plot is very simple and predictable - essentially it's Dickens' classic story with a modern twist -, but it's very interesting and pleasing to follow. Why? Because it is not just the story of a selfish man who has a change of heart after being haunted by three ghosts that we are used to see, but it also gives a quite good ammount of time to the storylines of those negatively affected by the actions of that man. I'm not going to spoil anything, but the storyline of one character is tremendously hilarious.

Not being a fan of Christmas and romances, I thought it would have been quite difficult for me to stomach them both in the same film, but the love story, even though predictable just like the rest of the story, was actually nice.

The best element in this film is arguably the comedy. The film indeed offers a lot of laugh out loud moments, delivered both through dialogue and visual gags. There also are some emotional moments that are well balanced and fit well the comedy, and those moments gave the writers the chance to explore the character of Frank Cross deeper.

And since I've mention Frank Cross, I have to talk about Bill Murray's performance. We all know how good he is with comedy, but here he is probably at his best, and delivers the role of this cynical man with intensity and manages to make his sarcasm shine in several occasions. The rest of the cast provides a good support, especially Bobcat Goldthwait in the role of an employee fired on Christmas Eve, which is the same character that will make you laugh throughout the movie.


  1. Questo me lo rivedo sempre durante le feste :D

    1. Merita davvero. È facilmente la versione più divertente di Dickens.

  2. I think this role was made for Murray. Need a modern Scrooge? Call Bill! Although predictable, I liked how the ghosts were represented, especially Carol Kane. Couldn't stop laughing as she was always hitting him.