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A Very Murray Christmas (2015)

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Bill Murray worries no one will show up to his TV show due to a terrible snowstorm in New York City.

Director:

Sofia Coppola
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Murray ... Bill Murray
Paul Shaffer ... Paul Shaffer
Michael Cera ... Jackie the Talent Agent
George Clooney ... George Clooney
Miley Cyrus ... Miley Cyrus
Dimitri Dimitrov Dimitri Dimitrov ... Dimitri Dimitrov
David Johansen ... The Bartender
Rashida Jones ... The Bride
Jenny Lewis ... The Waitress
Amy Poehler ... Liz
Chris Rock ... Chris Rock
Maya Rudolph ... The Lounge Singer
Jason Schwartzman ... Elliott the Groom
Julie White ... Bev
Thomas Mars ... Chef (as Phoenix)
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Storyline

Murray, playing himself, trying to avoid a Hollywood figure who wants to represent the actor, who famously forgoes having a manager or agent. And somewhere in there will be rooms for Christmas carols to be sung by the actors (everyone is playing themselves) and probably more bits and pieces of holiday cheer.

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Taglines:

We wish you a Murray Christmas.

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Musical

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Очень Мюрреевское Рождество See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

This marks the second time that Sofia Coppola has directed Bill Murray. The first time was in Lost in Translation (2003), for which Murray earned an Oscar nomination. See more »

Quotes

Paul Shaffer: Bill.
Bill Murray: Paul.
Paul Shaffer: Yeah. Where we going?
Bill Murray: You haven't quit drinking yet, have you?
Paul Shaffer: Should I?
Bill Murray: Good man.
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Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #33.66 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

O Tannenbaum
(uncredited)
Traditional tune, lyrics by Ernst Anschütz
Performed by David Johansen
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Saccharine-Free Holiday TV
9 December 2015 | by flapdoodle64See all my reviews

In the USA, where Consumerism is the true national religion, the mass media represent a cruel myth that life is like a Hallmark greeting card or a Joel Osteen fantasy, which inevitably leads most of us to feel something like Charlie Brown or George Bailey.

Paradoxically, the Charlie Browns and George Baileys of the world might like to spend an hour sitting on the sofa, listening to Xmas music, imagining a warm fireplace and snow outside the window, maybe tossing back a couple drinks or taking a little toke. Perhaps to indulge in a little nostalgia, or perhaps to pause and be grateful for food in the belly, a warm place to stay, and whatever friends or companions one actually has in this complex and difficult world.

Before the merchants and the religious fanatics seized upon it, the Winter Soltice was the pagan season of Yule, a time of song, feasting, alcohol and socializing. (Look it up if you don't believe me!)

This is a show of song, and of actors pretending to eat, drink and performing lightly comedic dialogue so as to simulate socializing. Additionally, this show takes pains to acknowledge the fact that real life is nothing like the saccharine shopping-mall mega-church fantasies which propel most Xmas season programming.

The banter and music are mostly amusing, sometimes even quite good, and there is even a hint of genuine sentiment at one point, but thankfully not overdone.

Sometimes you want a TV show that is not heavy or demanding, a kind of electronic fireplace to keep you (and hopefully a companion) company for the better part of an hour, and sometimes you need a little help getting through the holiday season. Some people find the videotronic images of Bill Murray and Paul Shaffer to be an amiable presence. If you are such a person and have a nominal appreciation for irony, this is a good show to watch.


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