A cynical 80s update of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol with Bill Murray in the central role, Scrooged has all the elements of a festive home run. Yet back in 1988 critics received the movie like a lump of festive coal, and even Murray himself was publicly critical of his performance.
Nevertheless, years of TV syndication have helped Scrooged to endure as a cult holiday classic. Did the critics get it wrong, or has Murray's boundless charisma hoodwinked contemporary viewers into looking back at the film with rose tinted glasses?
To help us find the answer, we're re-joined this week by our most consistently available guest, Ross Burton from 2 Geeks 2 Movies. Together we discuss how Scrooged compares to other popular A Christmas Carol adaptations, whether we really believe Murray's change of character will last beyond the Holiday season, and why, depending on who you ask, Carol Kane's psychotic sugar plum fairy is either the best or the worst part of this movie...
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00.00: Harry is 100% done with Charles Dickens this year.
24.10: Scrooged Drinking Games
34.55: Scrooged 2: First Contact
46.30: Scrooged 2: Oliver Twisted
55.50: Son of Scrooge
1.05.14: Listener Submissions & Episode 98 Preview