Scrooged (1988)

Bill Murray and Karen Allen in Scrooged

Although dismissed by many critics during its initial theatrical run, this darkly funny, contemporary take on the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol has developed something of a cult following over the years. and is an obvious addition to our anti-Christmas movies list.

Bill Murray stars as Ebenezer, er, Frank Cross, a cold-blooded and selfish TV network president who despises the Christmas season and is visited, as in the classic novel, by three ghosts who aim to change his ways. Despite its upbeat ending, the tone of Scrooged is refreshingly more mean-spirited and irreverent than the previous adaptations of Dickens’ classic tale. The result is a memorably quirky, original spin that breathes new life into the iconic story.

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