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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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Nightmare Fuel: Frank's commercial for the production of Scrooge, described as "The Manson Family Christmas Special" by Loudermilk. It's later revealed that the spot actually killed an old lady who watched it.
    • NEVER look under the Ghost of Christmas Future's robes. EVER. (You might get a lawsuit?)
      • Nightmare Retardant: The little guys inside him are seen partying with the rest of the ghosts during the big happy festive ending scene.
    • Hell, that TV for a face. Before the final vision of Frank's death, you can actually see an image of an evil, red-eyed, zombie-like Frank on the screen.
      • "The special effects guys went all out on you, didn't they? We're going to get calls."
    • The cremation scene.
      • Not helped by Frank's own reaction; particularly haunting is how Bill Murray, the comedic funny guy, actually sounds genuinely anguished and terrified for his life at one point when he's begging his brother not to let them burn him.
    • The scene where Frank hallucinates that a waiter is on fire.
    • The frozen homeless man.... just agh!
    • The scene with Calvin in a padded cell. Basically, anything Christmas Future shows him.
  • 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.
    • 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.