Film: A Diva's Christmas Carol
Yep, another retelling
of Charles Dickens
's A Christmas Carol
, only this time Scrooge is a diva and a black woman. Almost all of the genders have been swapped for the characters. Premiering on VH-1 in 2000, it stars Vanessa L. Williams, Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas and Kathy Griffin
A Diva's Christmas Carol provides examples of the following tropes:
- Babies Ever After: Olivia and her husband are the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl by the end of the film.
- Back from the Dead: Marli, duh.
- Bad Boss: Ebony.
- Bastard In Sheep's Clothing: Ebony's "trusted" financial advisor, Ernie.
- Break the Haughty: Since Ebony become a conceited bitch along with her typical crankiness and miserliness, this version qualifies.
- Catchphrase: "You're fired!"
- Comically Missing the Point: This happens to The Ghost of Christmas Past (played by Kathy Griffin).
Ebony: You skinny bitch.
The Ghost of Christmas Past: *gasps* Did you say 'skinny'?note
- Composite Character: Thanks to all the Gender Flipping, Bob Cratchitt is able to take on his traditional role and the "First Love That Got Away" role Belle had in the original story.
- Curse Cut Short: Ebony tells room service she wants her pasta al dente, and not soggy.
Ebony: No, if it's soggy, I'm coming down there and I'm shoving it up your—(grandfather clock chiming)
- And a little later after seeing Marli and thinking she was hallucinating:
Ebony: Vicodin's some powerful sh...(passes out)
- Dark and Troubled Past: Poor Ebony. She had an abusive and alcoholic father, an absent (and most likely dead) mother, she was taken into foster care away from her beloved older brother on Christmas Day, she reunites with him only to lose him to a brain aneurysm some years later and she pushes away the only man who ever loved her due to her looking for success.
- Defrosting Ice Queen
- Determinator: Olivia, arguably. Her Dad is dead, we don't know the fate of her mother and her only biological family member initially wants nothing to do with her. At least she has a loving husband, close friends who are like family and a baby girl by the end of the film.
- Ebony as well, as seen when she and Christmas Past go back to see her alone in a church practicing scales instead of being with her loved ones) though somewhat folded into her narcissism and therefore not quite as admirable. It was clear that she was willing to do almost anything and step over anyone in her path to become successful.
- Epic Fail: Ebony asks for French toast while in France.note
- Freudian Excuse: A good amount of Ebony's backstory goes toward explaining (though not justifying) her behavior. Her miserliness seemed to stem from growing up in poverty, and losing her entire family made her leery of letting anybody get close to her.
- Gender Flip/Race Lift: The majority of the characters that were in the story were gender flipped (Bob Cratchitt and Tim being notable exceptions,) with Scrooge and Jacob Marley (now Marli Jacob) being played by black women on top of it.
- Happy Holidays Dress: She rocks this towards the end of the movie.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: Ebony's and The Ghost of Christmas Past's wardrobe (which she explains she has because she "had to show Tom Ford his past Christmases.")
- Desire's matching outfits are pretty cool, too. Hell, even Marli's outfit as a ghost had a pretty unique and memorable style to it.
- It's All About Me: Ebony comes first and foremost.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When Ebony asks Christmas Past what happened to Terri, Christmas Past asks, "This isn't Where Are They Now, OK, that's on later."
- Littlest Cancer Patient: Bob's son Tim of course, although which exact disease he had remains vague. The fact that everybody seemed to sure that he would be cured at the end makes it seem like whatever he had could be easily treatable (which is was, as seen by the ending) if he simply had access to the appropriate resources, which makes his sickness all the more gut-wrenching (and Ebony's cheapness all the more horrible.)
- Looping Lines: Ebony lip-synches at the beginning of the film, before she chokes on the fake snow.
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Averted hilariously with Ebony's Behind The Music episode, as many viewed her as a miserable person, a meal ticket, or just glad not to have to deal with her.
Patrice: I mean, great performer...
Brian McKnight: ...nice butt...
Tina: ...but such a bitch.
Lance: She smelled real bad.
Ebony: Oh, you're all fired.
- Nice Performer, Mean Singer: Ebony Scrooge is this in spades. Even her poor back-up singer Patrice, who was and continues to be a fan of her music, learns this upon being hired to be on her crew.
- Pretty in Mink: She also rocks a big (fake) fur coat during the beginning holiday special.
- The Prima Donna
- Shout-Out: Since the movie originally aired on VH-1, a couple of their now-defunct shows were mentioned, such as Where Are They Now? and Ebony's own bad future-themed episode of Behind The Music.
- Take That: Several, at Los Angeles, Patterson, New Jersey, France, CÚline Dion...
- Ungrateful Bitch: You don't say.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: In this adaptation, Bob Crachit is a tour manager working for Ebony. He's on duty in France, and his wife, Kelly, and very sick son, Tim, are in Cleveland. Tim is understanding, but Kelly is out of patience. Before Ebony's reform, Bob and Kelly's marriage is teetering on the brink of divorce.