BY JULIE FREEMAN
The gist: One of many retellings of Dickens’ classic tale of A Christmas Carol, this time updated to involve a high-powered ’80s business man, a hard-working, urban, single mother and Bobcat Goldthwait with a shot gun.
Naughty or nice: The perfect combination of both. Occasional a little twisted (stapling antlers to a mouse, anyone?) but surprisingly heart-warming in that “Bill Murray learned a life lesson” kind of way.
Why it gets us in the spirit: The season is never complete without at least one version of A Christmas Carol. Why not make it one where Carol Kane kicks Bill Murray in the junk while dressed as a fairy?
Magic moment: Maybe it’s because I was five when this came out, but nothing will stick with me like the Ghost of Christmas Future in the elevator. That thing was properly terrifying.
Santa sighting: I don’t recall seeing the jolly man himself, but Murray does manage to destroy a very sweet child’s drawing of Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Accompanying carol: The rousing rendition of “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” at the end of the film puts something in both my eyes, without fail, every single time.
Perfect present for: Anyone in your life that prefers Die Hard over It’s a Wonderful Life for their Christmas movie fare.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvmAa1cYZK4]
Julie is a travelling ER nurse who communicates in pop-culture references and wants to live in a universe written by Aaron Sorkin. It’s important to her that you know she can’t possibly be a hipster because she loves basically everything, unabashedly. She tweets incoherently @Julieismagic.