- 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."
- 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.
Orderly: Visiting hours are over, Mrs. Cooley.
- 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.
Grace: (disheveled and heartbroken) But I just got here...
Claire: ...He said, "Scrape 'em off, Claire. You want to save somebody? Save yourself!"Frank: I'm sorry, Claire...
- And with Future!Claire, where it really hits Frank just what sort of a legacy he'll be leaving if he doesn't change.
- 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.