YMMV / Scrooged

  • Critical Dissonance: Critics heavily bashed the film on its release for its dark tone and "mean-spiritedness" (what did they expect from a modern update to a story about a dark, mean-spirited protagonist?), but audiences liked it just fine, making it #1 at the box office and Bill Murray's most successful movie to that point since Ghostbusters (1984).
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Carol Kane's Ghost of Christmas Present was by far the most praised character in contemporary reviews, the worst even calling her its sole redeeming feature.
    • The Ghost of Christmas Past is also quite popular for his Crazy Awesome attitude and antics.
  • Foe Yay: Frank's interactions with the Ghost of Christmas Present have a lot of Slap-Slap-Kiss vibe to it.
  • Harsher in Hindsight
    • Frank's Scrooge promo becomes this for two reasons, either because of the 9/11 attacks (so much that the scene is occasionally edited out, namely the "international terrorism" and the exploding plane or just after the tragedy, the whole promo was removed) and that less than a month after the film was released, The Lockerbie Bombing occurred.
    • Frank's Scrooge promo is apparently so shocking that it killed an old woman. As absurd as it may sound, such a thing has since happened.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: At one point, Frank's boss asks a bemused Frank if he has any idea how many cats and dogs there are in America, and proceeds to press Frank into including 'pet appeal', which soon appears in the form of some mice in the Christmas Carol adaptation. While farcical in the film and yet appearing to work, certain pet food companies have since experimented with the concept of including sound and noise to capture the attention of cats and other animals in their commercials.
  • Iconic Character, Forgotten Title: The promos for IBC's version of A Christmas Carol continually refer to it as "Charles Dickens's immortal classic, Scrooge."
  • One-Scene Wonder: The Waiter; Christmas Future; the Antler guy; Frank's dead boss; the homeless gent.
  • Retroactive Recognition: The company nurse who takes care of the censor is rather plain. She gets better?
  • Too Dumb to Live: Frank, in regards to promising something to the public and giving them something completely different. Never Trust a Trailer can only go so far, and apparently this guy's never heard of a little thing called credibility.
  • Spiritual Licensee: This macabre and modern take on the classic Charles Dickens tale sounds like something Tim Burton would do, which is also further helped by the fact the film's music is done by Burton's Production Posse member Danny Elfman and star Bill Murray would actually later work with Burton himself on Ed Wood.
  • The Woobie: Grace and Calvin Cooley. The rest of the family (save for the eldest daughter) arguably qualify as Angst? What Angst?.
    • Eliot Loudermilk. Within the scan of less than 24 hours, he's fired on Christmas Eve, his wife leaves him, taking their baby girl with her and he goes on an alcoholic bender and soon wanting his revenge.
    • The homeless people at Operation Reach Out, but especially Herman.
    • Frank himself, although he was mostly a Jerkass Woobie was a full-on woobie as a child and during his terrifying future vision.

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