A Very Murray Christmas | 2015 | 57 minutes | Dir. Sofia Coppola | Netflix
Bill Murray made a great Christmas movie in 1988. It’s called Scrooged, and it’s about a bitter old man enjoying the holidays at all costs.
This Christmas, Netflix produced A Very Murray Christmas. It’s about a bitter old man enjoying the holidays at all costs. Sofia Coppola (Marie Antoinette, The Bling Ring) directs.
A Very Murray Christmas begins with the premise of a bona fide TV special, but an epic snowstorm foils plans. Murray makes his own holiday cheer. He forces the guests and staff at the Carlyle Hotel to sing with him.
This is what it’s like to watch semi-famous people perform mediocre karaoke.
The following people perform:
- Bill Murray
- Amy Poehler
- Michael Cera
- Cris Rock
- Jenny Lewis
- Rashida Jones
Jenny Lewis and Rashida Jones look identical. I hate it when hairstylists give girls the same bangs.
- Maya Rudolph
- Jason Schwartzman
- the band Phoenix
- David Johansen of the New York Dolls
- George Clooney
- Miley Cyrus
They sing the following songs:
- Let It Snow
- Jingle Bells
- Do You Hear What I Hear?
- Alone of Christmas Day
- Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
- I Saw The Light
- Fairytale of New York, that ubiquitous well- known Christmas carol (not)
- Sleigh Ride
- Silent Night
- Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin
You should really only watch Chris Rock’s part and minutes 41:26-51:03. The dream sequence features George Clooney and Miley Cyrus. Both are too classy for mediocre karaoke and put on a show with some actual production value. Makes one wonder why the whole thing doesn’t look like this. Too mainstream, I suppose.
The special ends with Murray and his trusty pianist staring out at New York City on Christmas Day, wishing each other a melancholy Merry Christmas.
Watch this Christmas special if you like any of the guest stars. Do not watch this Christmas special if you like any of the songs.