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TITLE BOUT: Offbeat Christmas Comedies!


It’s a Wonderful  Life? Sure.
Miracle on 34th Street? Fine.
Rudolph The Rednosed Reindeer?  Adorable.

But this is the 80s! And TONE IS DOWN WITH THE LADIES! I mean…we like 80’s movies!

Sure, we love the gingersnap sweetness of the old classics, but sometimes we want to see Christmas stuff EXPLODE! We want Christmas trees on fire! We want Mary Lou Retton as Tiny Tim!

But OH NO! You only have 2 hours until your IN-Laws come to take over your whole Christmas!
WHICH ONE WILL IT BE? It’s TIME TO THROW DOWN!! LET’S GET READY TO RUUU……er, watch!

IN THIS CORNERRRRRR:  AT A RESPECTABLE 21 YEARS of AGE…. Scrooged! Starring Bill Murray.

Arguably the best of all movies inspired by Dickens’ Christmas Carol, Scrooged takes us through the life of TV Studio tyrant Frank Cross, as he is visited by 3 ghosts that melt his cold lump of a heart …and remind him what Christmas really is.

Pros: Murray is at one of his many comedic peaks; One of the most quotable movies ever; Has moments of extreme emotional depth compared to most comedies of the day

Cons: Extremely dark at times; Specific type of dark humor that grandma might not appreciate

Funny Quotes:  “No, you are a hallucination, brought on by alcohol. Russian Vodka, poisoned by Chernobyl.”…  “You can barely see them nipples.”… “Did you try staples?”… “Niagra Falls Frankie Angel”…  “Towel…TOWEL…most of these are towels.”… “It’s a bone you lucky dog!”

Fun Trivia: The leader of the street carolers insulted by Bill Murray is Paul Shaffer. The others are Miles Davis, David Sanborn and Larry Carlton.


IN THIS CORNERRRRR:  WEARING THE RED AND WHITE CAP….. NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION starring Chevy Chase

A departure from the previous “Vacation” movies, Christmas Vacation sticks close to home with our favorite dysfunctional family The Griswalds. When we’re introduced the extended family, it’s amazing how normal Clark the gang seem! A great portrait of the modern family that has stood the test of time for over 20 years.

Pros: Perfectly cast, including introduction to Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Gelecki; Chevy shines in his last BIG comedy role; Fun for the whole family; The movie is based on a short story by John Hughes

Cons: Can be candy coated at times, some scenes with Mary Louis Dreyfuss’ character seem a bit forced

Funny Quotes: “Hallelujah! Holy sh*t! Where’s the Tylenol?”… “Merry Christmas, Sh@itter was full!”… “It’s a funny squeaky sound.”… “Yeah, it is a bit nipply out. I mean nippy. What did I say, nipple?”… “Oh, he’s just yakin’ on a bone…*hack*…He got it up.”

Fun Trivia: This was the last role played by Mae Questal, (old Aunt Bethany) who was the original voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl!

So it’s been 10 rounds, both SNL alums are up against the ropes! What say you people?

OF THESE TWO…WHO IS THE CHAMPION? Explain Yourself!

– Voodrew

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6 Responses to “TITLE BOUT: Offbeat Christmas Comedies!”

  1. This was hard, but I know Christmas Vacation by heart, and it’s always a happy time at my parents house when it is on. 🙂

  2. I’m with Court. I think I gotta give it to Vacation. 2 reasons:

    1) It’s an original story, whereas Scrooged is (yet) another retelling of a Christmas Carol, fun as it may be.

    2) I think you don’t have to like CHevy Chase to like Vacation, whereas if you don’t like Bill Murray and his very specific kind of humor, you won’t care for Scrooged.

    For me, Vacation has the edge in timelessness, relatability and overall fun.

  3. Scrooged, hands down. My husband and I share a passion for Bill Murray, particularly in this movie. We have a tradition of watching Scrooged at Christmas…and Easter, and flag day, (not Groundhog Day…that one’s reserved for another Murray favorite).

    PS- There’s no such thing as NOT liking Bill Murray’s humor…it transcends time, space, race, gender, religion, hair color…

  4. Scrooged is good but it’s not nearly as quotable as Christmas Vacation.

  5. I had to go with Christmas Vacation in honor of my dad. 🙂

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