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Karroll's Christmas (2004)

Allen Karroll hates Christmas ever since his ex-girlfriend humiliated him in front of thousands of people one Christmas. As a man who writes greeting cards for a living, this proves to be a... See full summary »

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Allen Karroll
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Zeb Rosecog
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Spike
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Jodie McDougall
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Carrie Ford
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Bradley Carchet
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Barry Freedman
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Patricia Rosecog Montgomery
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Ken Steiner
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Ellen Williams
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Kade Phillips ...
Tim Williams (as Kade Philps)
Stacey Zurburg ...
Alicia Rosecog Montgomery
Taylor Huber ...
5 yr. old Patricia
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Allen Karroll hates Christmas ever since his ex-girlfriend humiliated him in front of thousands of people one Christmas. As a man who writes greeting cards for a living, this proves to be a hinderance. He also hates the man who lives across the street, Zeb Rosecog, who seems to take delight in tormenting him, who also happens to be the former CEO of Karroll's greeting card company. One day, Karroll is visited by the ghost Jacob Marley (related to Bob Marley), as well as the ghost of Christmas present, past and future (in that order) who all happen to have come to the wrong address, and had actually meant to visit Rosecog. During this experience, Karroll learns a lot about himself as well as Rosecog, and discovers that he and Rosecog have a lot in common, and decides to help Rosecog to see the light, and rediscover the joy of Christmas. Written by mdschick

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Background prop paintings created by Jen Bailey. See more »

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As the ghosts are helping Alan get into the reindeer costume near the end of the film, the Ghost of Christmas Future has the jingle bell collar hanging from his arm, but in the next shot it's already around Alan's neck. See more »

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Features A Christmas Carol (1984) See more »

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SILENT NIGHT
Produced & Arranged by Michèle Vice-Maslin & Dorian Cheah
Performed by Lisa Frazier
Courtesy of Sweetersongs
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Dennis Dugan... You da Christmas Man
20 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I got a real kick out of this funny and touching treatment of Charles Dickens immortal classic. I even liked Wallace Shawn in it whom I usually cringe to watch with that awful big-tongued lisp of his, but here, everyone is used to their best advantage. (I must admit I liked him as an old Ferenghi Yoda-type on "Deep Space Nine" but I digress several light years.)

Tom Everett Scott whom I only knew from Tom Hanks film "That Thing You Do" prior to this is a lovable wholesome schlub who mistakenly gets visited by the three ghosts instead of his Scooge-y next door neighbor. Larry Miller is always fun to watch and here, he truly shines with some excellent one-liners

The love interest is also charming and the other two ghosts are a scream, especially Verne Troyer's Christmas future in a delightfully twisted version of the original. There is also Marley's ghost, but to tell you the delicious take they did on HIM would ruin a sweet surprise that should make you laugh long and hard unless you are already dead yourself.

There are some extremely emotional scenes that may make you reach for the Kleenex and they are not at all heavy handed nor do they hurt the overall effect of this "Carol." Slapstick, pathos, one-liners and fun characterizations mixed well and blended thoroughly make this worthwhile viewing to be sure.

Check this one out and avoid at all costs the Tori Spelling version from Hallmark. Director (and sometimes actor) Dennis Dugan balanced Karroll's Chrismas" all so well and adroitly. You may remember him as "Richie Brockelman, Private Eye" from the old "Rockford Files" series or one of his other quirky TV performances in the 1970's or 80's. Anyway, the man sure knows how to direct a great, fun holiday movie. And some great rocking music to boot.

And after all the


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