|1988||101 Min||Comedy . Drama . Fantasy|
Frank Cross runs a US TV station which is planning a live adaptation of Dickens' Christmas Carol. Frank's childhood wasn't a particularly pleasant one, and so he doesn't really appreciate the Christmas spirit. With the help of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, Frank realizes he must change.
|Actors:||John Glover , Karen Allen , Bill Murray , John Forsythe , Bobcat Goldthwait , Jamie Farr , Brian Doyle-Murray , Carol Kane , Michael J. Pollard , Robert Goulet|
Murray doing what he does best, if you like that sort of thing.
This is not a "good movie" -- in fact, it's a sprawling mess -- but I like it. And I mean that sincerely, you knucklehead.
Scrooged works in fits and starts. The mundane demands of the sentimental story keep interrupting what are, essentially, revue sketches, a few of which are hilarious.
Neither Scrooged nor Murray, who is front and center throughout, is particularly funny.
Scrooged is one of the most disquieting, unsettling films to come along in quite some time. It was obviously intended as a comedy, but there is little comic about it, and indeed the movie's overriding emotions seem to be pain and anger.
Irony is the movie's escape hatch. It allows the filmmakers to stage maudlin bits and, at the same time, signal the audience that they're too cool to actually believe in them. Their cool is all-purpose, and it carries with it a note of genuine nastiness. They manipulate us into a sentimental response, then kick us in the teeth for buying it.
Tacky in the extreme, this self-congratulatory 1988 film is an exercise in hypocrisy, indulging every form of Christmas exploitation that it pretends to attack, and many of the laughs are forced.
Scrooged is an appallingly unfunny comedy, and a vivid illustration of the fact that money can't buy you laughs. Its stocking spilling with big names and production values galore, this updating of Dickens' A Christmas Carol into the world of cutthroat network television is, one episode apart, able to generate only a few mild chuckles.
1. Brown Eyed Girl ( Performer: David Johansen (as Buster Poindexter) )
2. Christmas Must Be Tonight ( Performer: Robbie Robertson )
3. Get Up 'n' Dance ( Performer: Kool Moe Dee )
4. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) ( Performer: Natalie Cole )
5. I Second That Emotion ( Performer: Smokey Robinson & The Miracles )
6. Hallelujah Chorus from 'Messiah' ( Writer: )
7. It's Howdy Doody Time ( Writer: )
8. The Love You Take ( Performer: Dan Hartman and Denise Lopez )
9. Put a Little Love in Your Heart ( Performer: Annie Lennox and Al Green )
10. Silver Bells ( Performer: Robert Goulet )
11. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town ( Writer: )
12. Sweetest Thing ( Performer: New Voices of Freedom featuring Adriane McDonald and George Pendergrass )
13. The Toy Parade (Leave It to Beaver Theme) ( Writer: )
14. We Three Kings of Orient Are ( Performer: Miles Davis, Larry Carlton, David Sanborn and Paul Shaffer )
15. A Wonderful Life ( Performer: Mark Lennon )
16. Wooly Bully ( Performer: Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs )
17. Put a Little Love in Your Heart (Finale) ( Performer: The Cast )
18. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ( Writer: )
19. Smile You're on Candid Camera ( Writer: )
20. Good King Wenceslas ( Performer: the Scrooge cast )
21. Deck the Halls ( Performer: The Cast )
22. Jingle Bells ( Writer: )
23. Joy to the World ( Writer: )
24. Thank You Very Much ( Performer: Dominik Hauser & Jim Tonkins Itunes )
25. I Hate People ( Performer: Dominik Hauser & Robert Picardo Itunes )
26. I Like Life ( Performer: Dominik Hauser & Robert Picardo Itunes )
27. December the 25Th ( Performer: Dominik Hauser, Brian "Hacksaw" Williams & Chase Masterson Itunes )
28. I'll Begin Again ( Performer: Dominik Hauser & Robert Picardo Itunes )
29. Happiness ( Performer: Dominik Hauser & Katie Campbell Itunes )
30. A Christmas Carol ( Performer: Dominik Hauser Itunes )
31. A Christmas Carol (instrumental) ( Performer: Dominik Hauser Itunes )
32. Christmas Children ( Performer: Dominik Hauser & Fletcher Sheridan Itunes )
33. Thank You Very Much (reprise) ( Performer: Dominik Hauser & Robert Picardo Itunes )
34. Happiness (Instrumental) ( Performer: Dominik Hauser Itunes )
35. The Beautiful Day ( Performer: Dominik Hauser & Katie Campbell Itunes )
36. Father Christmas ( Performer: Dominik Hauser Itunes )
37. Father Christmas (for people who don't like christmas) ( Performer: Dominik Hauser Itunes )
38. Scrooge Speaks (bonus humbug) ( Performer: Dominik Hauser & Robert Picardo Itunes )
39. You... You ( Performer: Dominik Hauser & Robert Picardo Itunes )
40. You... You (instrumental) ( Performer: Dominik Hauser Itunes )
41. Father Christmas (instrumental) ( Performer: Dominik Hauser Itunes )