Scrooged

Most critics couldn’t get behind Bill Murray’s modern retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, finding it too unfocused at times and not nearly wicked enough. Still, if you’re a Murray fan, you have to enjoy his deliciously nasty portrayal of the world’s meanest TV executive, who has his cathartic moment one cold Christmas night in New York City. The various ghosts lead him on a ghost-town tour of Manhattan, with stops at holidays past, present, and future and a Kumbaya moment when Al Green and Annie Lennox sing “Put a Little Love in Your Heart.” The effects are otherworldly, but one wishes the writing were as sharp as Murray’s edgy portrayal.

Run Time: 101

Rating: PG-13

Year: 1988