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Karroll's Christmas (2004)
Cute, Updated Classic
I love "Karroll's Christmas"! It is such a clever updating of the most redone Christmas classic, Dicken's "A Christmas Carol". It is both truly sentimental and very funny. I like some of the special effects and the character of Rosecog is an interesting interpretation of Scrooge. There is a twist regarding how the ghosts conduct their visit, that I find truly original.
One review on this board said the acting was bad. I disagree. All the actors and actresses are good and play their parts well, adding small touches that make their characters more interesting and authentic. I also have liked Wallace Shawn since "The Princess Bride" and he is really good here, too. Larry Miller always makes me smile.
Also, a bit of trivia - Bharbara Egan, who plays Mrs. Coolidge, is better known to all MSTies everywhere as Troy's Aunt Betty in the 1990 Canadian movie, "Final Sacrifice" - riffed by Mystery Science Theater (Rowsdower?) There is a small amount of mild swearing and some very mild sexual innuendo, but it would be fine for families, with just a bit of parental guidance.
I have a copy of this movie, but unfortunately recorded it myself from television and then never finalized it and now I have a different DVD player that won't recognize it - curses! I am trying to find a copy and would gladly add it to "Miracle on 34th Street" - the original, "It's a Wonderful Life" - in B&W, "The Bishop's Wife", "Christmas in Connecticut", "The Santa Clause", "Holiday Inn", "Jingle All The Way", and the "Charlie Brown Christmas", "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" cartoons from the 60's, as a yearly favorite.
Many plot lines diverge for silliness
Granted, the last time I saw this was at a midnight movie in college, but I remember that poor, sad beaver trying to find a tree to eat - it was so funny. You haven't lived till you've seen a guy in a beaver costume dance disco. What I remember about this movie is that there are several funny scenarios that seem separate, but all the plot lines tied up into one and it all made sense at the end. This movie has spoof after spoof - I loved how in the middle of a completely different story, the disco beaver would wander through the scene. Wish I could see it again now that I'm in my 40's - might have a different take on it. If you like Airplane, Top Secret or any Abrams/Zucker movie, you'd probably like this.