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Better than the sanitised Groundhog Day.


Scrooged is dark, edgy, urban, multicultural, unexpected. It graciously wears its influence, A Christmas Carol, directly on its sleeve so that it can subvert it.

Groundhog Day is countrified, sanitised, white, repetitive by its nature. It apes its stylistic predecessors, like It's A Wonderful Life, with no gracious acknowledgment, instead inviting us to regard it as a romantic comedy above all so, if Andie McDowell, or desperate search for a 1 on 1 romantic bubble and to heck with anyone else, or 1940s/1950s part pastiche, part homage, don't float your boat, it sinks.

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Also what wrecks Groundhog Day is that McDowell is a weak lead for a female love interest. Her being in it makes me not want to watch it.



That would make 3 Christmas' I've saved, vs. 8 that I've ruined; two were kind of a draw..

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"Also what wrecks Groundhog Day is that McDowell is a weak lead for a female love interest. Her being in it makes me not want to watch it."

So true!

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