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A darkly comic and surreal contemporization of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, this effects-heavy Bill Murray holiday vehicle from 1988 sees the former SNL funnyman assuming the role of television executive Frank Cross, the meanest and most depraved man on earth. Cross will stoop to unheard of levels to increase his network's ratings -- even if it means mounting outrageous programs to retain an audience, such as "Robert Goulet's Cajun Christmas" and Lee Majors in "The Night the Reindeer Died," with an AK-47-toting Santa. Cross plots his foulest move, however, for the Christmas holiday, when he will force his office staff to mount a live production of A Christmas Carol on national television -- and thus work through Christmas Eve. Cross's life is turned upside down with visits from three ghosts: a craggy-faced cabbie known as The Ghost of Christmas Past (David Johansen); the sugar-plum fairy Ghost of Christmas Present (Carol Kane) (who gets her jollies by bonking Frank across the face with a toaster oven); and, eventually, the caped, headless Ghost of Christmas Future, who will send Frank sliding into a crematory oven -- just before he gives the sleazoid one last chance to redeem himself. Along the way, the spirits carry Frank to scenes from his past, present, and future (per Scrooge) and impart a glimpse of how he became so thoroughly rotten. The radiant Karen Allen co-stars as Frank's girlfriend, Claire Phillips, and the film packs in cameos from countless celebrities -- among them, Mary Lou Retton, John Houseman, Jamie Farr, and, in a truly grisly and tasteless bit, John Forsythe. Richard Donner directs, from a script credited to the late Michael O'Donoghue and Mitch Glazer.~Nathan Southern
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Rated 4 out of 5 stars
An Underrated Christmas Classic
I remember seeing this movie in the theaters at age 14 on Christmas night when it came out. It's a hilarious twist on the Charles Dickens classic and Bill Murray is downright perfect for the role. He is snarky, smug, sarcastic as a horrible boss that could care less about anybody but himself. Then of course he's visited by the 3 ghosts and his outlook on life changes for the best. Carol Kane's cameo as the Ghost of Christmas Present is the funniest part, in my opinion. I watch this movie with my family every Christmas season.
This review is from Scrooged [Blu-ray] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Adult Holiday Film!
Owned for 8 months when reviewed.
First saw this in theaters as a kid. Fun film! Not exactly a kid's movie (especially not by today's standards), but more of an adult holiday movie with some laugh. Recommend picking it up to watch during Christmas time
"Scrooged" is one of the best top ten holiday comedies ever produced on the big screen. It is a spoof of Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" with dialogue and sight gags which provides plenty of laughter. And Carol Kane as the ghost of Christmas present was laugh out loud funny. The sound track is great too with many memorable tunes and medleys. If this film doesn't put you in the Christmas spirit, nothing will. Don't miss it!
This is such a laugh riot if you can reference the different stages of the film to every cameo of celebrity that shows up in the film. The ghost of Marley, his business partner, makes you think of what Trump may be considering as he trolls the golf courses again. Karen Allen nearly steals the show still staying true to the Scrooged/Murray character in act two. Carol Kane (perfect casting there on Jim Henson's part) describes what it is like to get missle-TOE, wham!!! Right on the foot. I could go on & on, but I won't, other than the questionable choice of Mary Lou Retton as Tiny Tim?
Despite being a holiday classic, this particular release could've benefited from bonus material besides a trailer. It's not uncommon for certain titles to not have much in terms of extras but this is one of the best holiday films and comedies from the 1980's and in general.