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-> '''Frank Cross''': I get it. You're here to show me my past, and I'm supposed to get all dully-eyed and mushy. Well, forget it, pal, you got the wrong guy!
-> '''Ghost of Christmas Past''': That's exactly what AttilaTheHun said. [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas But when he saw his mother...]] Niagara Falls.

''Scrooged'' is a 1988 [[SuggestedBy moderately loose modern retelling]] of Charles Dickens' ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', with the twist of taking place InAWorld where everyone's [[GenreSavvy already familiar with Dickens' tale]]. Bill Murray stars as Frank Cross, a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive cynical, selfish TV executive]] who is planning a [[ShowWithinAShow live adaptation of]] ''[[ShowWithinAShow A Christmas Carol]]'' for a holiday special. Cross' own childhood memories of Christmas were less than fond, leaving him initially unable to appreciate the spirit of the season.

However things start to go downhill when his dead former boss smashes his way into his office to inform him that he is doomed unless he changes his ways. True to the source material he is visited by the three very strange Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

Intended to ride on Murray's earlier success in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', ''Scrooged'' contains many references to the earlier (if largely unrelated) film; one of the taglines was, "Bill Murray is back amongst the ghosts, only this time it's three on one."

It's also pretty damn funny, but we shouldn't need to tell you that, right?

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!! This movie contains examples of:
* AbusiveParent: Frank's heartless old man, who did not buy the toy train Frank wished for Christmas, telling the kid to find work if he really wanted it, despite the boy being a 4-year-old, then proceeded to mock his young age, likening it to other "excuses" people make when they cannot go to work (like a bad back and hurting leg).
* AlienGeometries: The first hallway the Ghost of Christmas Future sends Frank down. Also the room Calvin is kept in.
* AnAssKickingChristmas / BadassSanta: Featured in ''The Night The Reindeer Died'', one of the [[ShowWithinAShow Films Within A Film]] during the movie. Apparently Santa is a very Jolly [[{{Tremors}} Burt Gummer]].
* ArtShift: [[SurrealHorror The Christmas Future visions]].
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Bryce Cummings (played by Creator/JohnGlover) seems really nice but is really gunning for Frank's job. Frank realized this almost immediately though.
* BlandNameProduct: [=IBC=], the network Frank runs, is directly poking fun at Creator/{{ABC}}. The promo for [=IBC=]'s ''{{S|howWithinAShow}}crooge'' says "Yule Love It"; Creator/{{ABC}}'s promotional tagline for their shows in the 1985-1986 season (while the movie was being produced) was "You'll Love It".
** Also note that, somehow, IBC is putting on a performance of ''Scrooge'', as opposed to ''Literature/AChristmasCarol''.
* BlatantLies: "''I '''CARE!!'''''"
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Frank at the end of the movie. On the one hand, he ''is'' in a TV studio, he ''is'' speaking into an InUniverse camera, and the closest thing to a physical fourth wall is far behind said camera, but on the other hand, he's talking to the RealLife movie audience as opposed to the InUniverse TV audience.
* ButtMonkey: Elliot Loudermilk. Fired on Christmas Eve, sells blood for booze money (and the booze gets stolen by the Ghost of Christmas Past), gets robbed as he passes out in an alley, and ends up [[spoiler:assaulting Frank with a shotgun in the finale]]. Also TheWoobie.
** [[MoralGuardians The Standards and Practices lady]] gets hit by a lamppost, run over by a barrel and crushed by a set.
* CheekCopy
* ChewingTheScenery: Frank Cross.
-->'''Frank:''' ''(thinks he sees a ghost)'' AH-'''[+[=HAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaa!=]+]'''
* [[OpeningCreditsCastParty Closing Credits Cast Party]]
* CompletelyDifferentTitle: In order to play up the ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' angle, the Mexican title for this movie was "The Ghosts Strike Back."
** Some dubs change the title to "The Ghosts Attack the Boss."
** The German dub is titled a bit more creatively: "The Ghosts I Called."
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* CreepyChildrenSinging: Danny Elfman's score features a children's choir; YMMV on whether or not it's "creepy," but it certainly isn't a nice, cheery, uplifting score.
* CuteBruiser: The second ghost.
--> '''Ghost of Christmas Present:''' Oh! What's this...it's a TOASTER! *SMACK*
* CuteMute: Calvin (see DumbStruck, below), who finds his voice near the end to remind the reformed Cross to say, "God bless us, everyone."
* DarkerAndEdgier: Frank wants to replace the Christmas Carol ad campaign with one that features drug addiction, terrorist attacks, and the threat of nuclear war.
** The film itself plays up the BlackComedy possibilities of the story compared to most adaptations. In this version, "Marley" drops Frank off a building, a homeless guy freezes to death, the Ghost of Christmas Future has shrieking demons inside his ribcage, Frank witnesses his love interest become as cynical and miserable as he did, experiences ''his own cremation'' instead of merely seeing his grave, and the story caps off with an employee chasing Frank with a shotgun only to be recruited into taking hostages so Frank can deliver a message of holiday cheer. ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'' this ain't.
* [[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting the Ice King]]
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: The Ghost of Christmas Present. Yikes.
** She actually likes it when Frank threatens her with violence if she touches him again.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Played for laughs near the end, when the Standards and Practices woman pounces on a tied up Bryce Cummings and kisses him. It's not ''rape'', but it's definitely assault.
* TheDriver / DrivesLikeCrazy: The first Ghost.
--> '''Claire Phillips:''' Taxi! Can you get me to the IBC building in three minutes?
--> '''Ghost of Christmas Past:''' Which floor?
* DrowningMySorrows: Elliot tries to do this after losing his job, but a RoadsideWave wets the paper bag holding his booze and causes it to fall out. He tries again later, only for the Ghost of Christmas Past to drive by and steal his booze.
* DumbStruck: Calvin hasn't spoken a word since [[HarmfulToMinors witnessing his father's murder]] five years earlier.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Cross is driven to tears when he sees his mother in a vision of one of his first Christmases. The Ghost of Christmas Past had earlier mentioned even "Attila the Hun cried" when he saw his own mother.
--> '''Ghost of Christmas Past''': Niagara Falls, "Frankie Angel."
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Frank genuinely does love his brother James. He's the only person aside from Claire that he isn't a flat-out jerk to. Nevertheless he keeps his brother at arm's length.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Though Frank is a self-centered creep, there were some redeeming factors to him prior to the climax. Before he sees the ghost of Christmas past, he dumps water on a waiter, thinking he was on fire. [[spoiler: It was merely an illusion by the ghost to get him outside. The thought counts, though.]] Afterwards he makes some friends with the homeless people, even singing with them before the big "Bah Humbug parody." Lastly after seeing the Ghost of Christmas Present, he was devastated that one of the homeless men he met was found dead in the sewer he landed in. He even berates the guy for not staying at Operation Reachout where his ex-girlfriend Claire works.
--> '''Frank Cross:''' You moron! You jerk! Why didn't you stay at Claire's? Why didn't you stay with Claire!? She would have taken care of you! You would've eaten! You would've been warm! You might be alive! You'd be a prettier color, I'll tell you that!
** At one point he is surprised by the show's Ghost of Christmas Future coming out of the elevator, believing it to be the real one and immediately pushes Grace away in a very rough manner in a misguided attempt to save her from the ghost.
** When he sees a future version of Claire, where she's more cold and heartless than Frank ever was, he realizes its his fault.
** He's really more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. All the ghosts really do is make him aware of various bad things happening and in practically every case he immediately says he wants to fix it.
* {{Expy}}
** Ebenezer Scrooge - Frank Cross
** Bob Cratchit - [[SassyBlackWoman Grace Cooley]]
** [[InspirationallyDisadvantaged Tiny Tim]] - {{C|uteMute}}alvin
** Fred (Scrooge's only nephew) - James (Frank's only brother)
** Alice (Fred's skeptical wife) - Wendie (James's skeptical wife)
** Jacob Marley - Lew Hayward
*** Who also does double duty as Fezziwig: he may have been a money-grubber, but he threw bitchin' Christmas parties.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: A ''lot'', though the crowning example has to be Frank's vision of his own funeral by cremation - '''from inside the coffin'''.
* FlippingTheBird: Frank does this to the old woman after stealing a ride from her.
** He took said cab to a Humanitarian of the Year awards.
* GatlingGood: Lee Majors wields a minigun in ''The Night the Reindeer Died''.
* GenreSavvy: Frank knows the whole Scrooge thing, he has ''Literature/AChristmasCarolInProse'' produced for TV right then. Not that his Genre Savviness helps him, since just because he can call it before it happens doesn't mean he can ''avoid'' it.
* TheGrinch: Frank, at first.
* GroinAttack: "The Ballbreaker Suite", indeed.
* HeelFaceTurn
* {{Hellevator}}: Frank meets the Ghost of Christmas Future here. At the bottom is the funeral noted up in FamilyUnfriendlyDeath.
* HumanoidAbomination: The Ghost of Christmas Future gives off this vibe. For one, it has a TV for a head that is constantly flickering. And inside its robes is what seems to be Hell itself.
* {{Improv}}: Half of Frank's lines; the entire closing sequence.
** A common one for Creator/BillMurray as he's known to ad-lib and improvise a great deal in most of his movies.
* InvisibleHoles: Frank's old boss, Lew Hayward, caused by Frank repeatedly shooting his reanimated (and decayed) corpse. Lew didn't mind though until he shot the drink he was pouring himself.
* MeaningfulEcho: "Scrape 'em off, Claire. If you want save somebody, save yourself."
* MeaningfulName: Lampshaded.
-->'''Poster in Frank's Office:''' ''"Cross: (n) a thing they nail people to."''
* MeetCute: Gave rise to Frank's pet name, "Lumpy."
* MoralGuardians: The Standards and Practices lady. [[spoiler:She gets into ''ahem'' the spirit a little too much upon seeing Bryce Cummings tied up with garland.]]
* MurderByCremation
* NeckLift: Frank Cross's ghostly previous boss Lew Hayward does this to him before pushing him through a building window and letting him fall.
* NotMyDriver: The Ghost of Christmas Past is a borderline psychotic taxi driver.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent
* PokeThePoodle: Most of what Frank does outside of [[KickTheDog canning Elliot]], but especially:
-->'''Stagehand:''' I can't get the antlers glued on to this little guy. We've tried crazy glue but it don't work.
-->'''Frank:''' Have you tried ''staples?''
-->'''Stagehand:''' Staples!?
** For some reason, Claire starts bitching out the stagehand even though he's just as horrified by the idea.
** There's also a moment when his boss [[KickTheDog kicks his own cat]].
* PunBasedTitle
* RoadsideWave: Elliot Loudermilk gets an impromptu bath, which simultaneously ruins the liquor he was hoping to drown his sorrows in.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:Elliot Loudermilk's M.O. on Frank just before the visit with the Ghost of Christmas Future. One epiphany later, Frank ''joins him'' in derailing the live show going on downstairs.]]
* SettingUpdate
* ShowWithinAShow: A TV production of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' is going on while Murray is meeting the ghosts.
* ShoutOut: Murray shouts out "Feed me, [[Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors Seymour]]!"'' in the [[OpeningCreditsCastParty Closing Credits Cast Party]], to encourage the [[BreakingTheFourthWall audience]] to respond to his hilariously [[ChewingTheScenery over-the-top]] [[{{Improv}} ad-libbing]].
** The Ghost Of Christmas Present describes Grace's son's inability to speak as a result of seeing his father died, and that he "Drifted away, like ''Literature/SleepingBeauty''." Carol Kane played one of the good fairies in the ''FaerieTaleTheatre'' rendition of ''Sleeping Beauty'', so this is also an ActorAllusion.
* SmugSnake: Bryce Cummings, the slimy West-Coast producer called in to "assist" (read: take over from) Frank.
* ToiletSeatDivorce: What we see of Frank and Claire's original split comes off like this. While presumably there were problems before that, we go right from seeing them both quite happy, to her dumping him because the President of the network invited them both to dinner (something that could massively advance his career) and it would have meant canceling a dinner with friends.
** Except even there, Frank is shown to be really rather selfish and egocentric. Granted, it's a big opportunity for him, but the way he talks down to her over something they've had planned for months, apparently, is rather blatant foreshadowing that he no longer really sees the point of Christmas and is more interested in what television can do for him.
* TranquilFury: Frank, after hearing future Clair's MeaningfulEcho of his own words.
* TurnTheOtherCheek: Claire.
* UnnecessaryTimePrecision: When Frank leaves a message for Claire.
--> '''Frank Cross''': "I know it's been... *checks watch* ...15 years since we've talked but..."
* VerbedTitle
* WideEyedIdealist: Again, Claire.
* Workaholic: Much like the original Scrooge, Frank sees himself as a young man laboring through Christmas while trying to ignore a roaring office party.
* YetAnotherChristmasCarol
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