Scrooged (1988)

Before there was Groundhog Day (1993), there was Scrooged, the seminal Bill Murray holiday comedy adapted from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Directed by Richard Donner (like the reindeer), Scrooged takes Dickens' classic tale of redemption and turns it completely on its head. Murray stars as Frank Cross, a rude, obnoxious, and arrogant television executive who merits an entry or two on Santa's naughty list. But instead of a few lumps of coal in his stocking, Frank is visited by three ghosts of his past, present, and future: one in the form of a chain-smoking taxi driver (David Johansen), another a manic fairy with a wicked left hook (Carol Kane), and the last...well, let's just say this one will haunt your nightmares. But as much as the comedy strays from its source material, the message remains the same, and Frank learns a hard lesson about the value of forgiveness and the importance of holiday spirit.

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  1. rick • January 12, 2017 @ 5:55 PM

    I can relate to the BB gun and shooting your eye out. I received an air rifle
    for a Christmas present back in the early 60’s. One day i was
    in the basement shooting at the concrete walls and cans I had set up as targets.
    When I spotted a spider walking on the concrete floor I waited till it was crawling
    between my legs and without thinking pointed the rifle straight down and fired.
    Imagine my shock when instantly I felt a sharp pain between my eyes and centered
    on my nose when the BB richoted straight back. I just stood there realizing
    that if the BB had bounced an inch or 2 left or right I would have spent the
    rest of my life as a 1 eyed person entirely due to childish stupidity .

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