I would suggest that Scrooged is an underrated Christmas movie, as it’s certainly not one that gets talked about along with other bona fide classics of the season. All right, maybe it shouldn’t be in that conversation anyway, but it is one of my favourites.
Bill Murray has had a number of good roles in his career, but in this modernised version of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, he excels as Frank Cross – a money-hungry television executive, who has no regard for personnel, his employees, or even his own family. His performance as he shifts from selfish bastard to contender for Man of the Year is very funny to watch.
Although Scrooged is a take on the classic Dickens tale, it’s a very loose connection at best, which is something that the writers even make nudging references to at a couple of moments during the script. The ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future all make their appearances to show Frank the error of his ways, but it’s all done with its tongue pressed against its cheek in an almost intentionally hokey way.
Like most Christmas movies, Scrooged has a sugary ending, but it does it with its own sense of style and remains completely within its own crazy universe as it does so.