A Christmas Carol, none feel more current than Scrooged. Bill Murray stars as Frank Cross, a Scrooge-like TV station president, in the 1988 Christmas comedy classic. Like the original, it takes three ghosts to turn Cross around, but Scrooged, gives them a bit more character. The mean-spirited Yuppie gets a lift to the past from a grimy taxi cab driver (played by ex-New York Dolls frontman David Johansen), swift kicks to the nuts in the present by a wacky fairy (Carol Kane) and is escorted to future scenes of his pathetic death by a towering specter. By the end of it all, Cross crashes his own Christmas Eve TV special to show his repentance with a wild rendition of Jackie DeShannon’s “Put a Little Love in Your Heart.” Dear three ghosts, please give a certain affluent asshole of president a visit this Christmas, wontcha?
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