Christmas Movies: Scrooged (1988)

3/5* | Shiv’s Show | Siobhan Divers

Dir: Richard Donner

101 mins
Starring: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Bobcat Goldthwait, Carol Kane, Robert Mitchum, Michael J. Pollard, Alfre Woodard.

Scrooged is one of those “must watch” films at Christmas.

While it’s a bit dated now, it’s a “modern” verison of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Bill Murray stars as Frank Cross, a selfish, money-centred TV boss who doesn’t appreciate the real meaning of Christmas. Instead of spreading Christmas cheer, Frank spends his time ordering around his secretary, undermining his employees and generally being a nasty person.

All this changes though, when he is visited by three ghosts. The ghost of Christmas past is a scary-looking, cigarette-smoking cab-driver, the Ghost of Christmas Present is a violent little fairy and the Ghost of Christmas Future is like something from a horror movie.

With impressive effects, a great cast and a happy ending – it isn’t hard to see why it’s a widely loved and appreciated Christmas film.

Bill Murray plays his role well – as well as he does in his other films including but not limited to Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters. And like these films, Scrooged is an instant classic – and for good reason: it’s funny, entertaining and heart-warming!

And I mean is it really Christmas, if you’ve not seen Bill Murray being hit over the head with a toaster?