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Sunday, December 24, 2006 |
( 12/24/2006 05:56:00 AM ) Bill S.
"THINK OF YOUR FELLOW MAN/GIVE HIM A HELPING HAND" – Last night I found myself getting caught up in one of those holiday movies that you know you're better off skipping – but sit and watch, anyway, just because there are enough small moments that you remember pleasurably. In this case, it was the Bill Murray comedy Scrooged. By any critical measure, it is not a good movie: director Richard Donner treats the material with all the finesse of an NBC Donald Trump public service announcement, while the movie's ending – which unsuccessfully attempts a 180 turn into holiday sincerity after mocking same for much of the picture – is excruciating. (The movie even manages to besmirch Jackie De Shannon's great 1970 pop anthem "Put A Little Love in Your Heart.") But the movie's scenes with ghosts David Johansen and Carol Kane are treats (Kane's in particular), and Bobcat Goldthwaite makes me laff in spite of myself. (I often have the same reaction to his stand-up.) I don't make a point of seeking the movie out this time of year, but most every time I happen upon it, I find myself watching until the very end, all the while wishing I was viewing a better Murray comedy like Groundhog Day or What About Bob? instead . . .