YMMV: Scrooged

  • Critical Dissonance: Critics heavily bashed the film on its release for it's 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.
  • 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.
  • Foe Yay: Frank's interactions with the Ghost of Christmas Present have a lot of Slap-Slap-Kiss vibe to it.
  • Fridge Brilliance: When observing the games his brother and his friends are playing alongside the Ghost of Christmas Present, Frank is surprised to find that his brother doesn't know the name of the ship from Gilligan's Island, and later calls him out on this during the finale. But of course Frank would know - he's the kid in the family the Ghost of Christmas Past calls out for doing nothing but watching TV across his youth, meaning Gilligan's Island is exactly the kind of show a teenage Frank would have watched.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Practically the entire ending, but especially shouting out to Claire, seeing Herman as a ghost, Calvin speaking and the spontaneous song.
  • 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.
  • Tear Jerker: The fate of the homeless gent with the pocket-watch.
    • It even scores more Tear Jerker points when Frank of all people berates him for not staying at Operation Reachout.
      • Frank is clearly projecting for part of that scene — he never says the poor man should have stayed at the shelter, but with Claire.
    • How can we not forget the part where Frank sees his mother and cries?
    • The whole scene with Future!Calvin, now institutionalized.
    Orderly: Visiting hours are over, Mrs. Cooley.
    Grace: (disheveled and heartbroken) But I just got here...
    • And with Future!Claire, where it really hits Frank just what sort of a legacy he'll be leaving if he doesn't change.
    Claire: ...He said, "Scrape 'em off, Claire. You want to save somebody? Save yourself!"
    Frank: I'm sorry, Claire...
    • Let's be honest, everything that happens to Elliot after he's fired (up until Frank's Heel-Face Turn) qualifies. At first his life going steadily down the tubes seems funny, but once he elaborates on exactly how bad it's been for him, there's no laughing. Like when he mentions that instead of standing by him and supporting him, his wife ditched him (on Christmas eve no less) and took their only child with her.
    • A horrifying as it is, Franks cremation is also one, because of just how heartbroken his brother is that he's gone.
  • 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.