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A Very Murray Christmas – Review


Release Date: 4 December 2015 [USA]
Director: Sofia Coppola
Writer: Mitch Glazer - Bill Murray - Sofia Coppola [Screenplay]
Cast: Bill Murray, Paul Shaffer, Michael Cera



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Posted December 10, 2015 by

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A Very Murray Christmas Review:

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the Carlyle Hotel, not a celebrity was stirring because…well, none of them showed up on account of the horrendous blizzard outside.

Bill Murray’s got the Christmas blues. His Holiday Special is about to go live and none of his guests have arrived. Repeated disasters cancel the show and Bill spends the rest of the night drinking on with all the other stranded souls in the hotel bar.

A Very Murray Christmas is just under an hour long. This Sophia Coppola mini-musical is a riff on old fashioned Holiday Variety shows, this one being much more charming because of how badly it unfolds. There is a slew of cameos, some good, some questionable and some surprising (the red blazered bartender has done this kind of thing with Murray before. Look him up.) This group of sad-sacks, old souls, eccentrics and awkwards come together in bar-room brother-and-sisterhood and make the most of their stranded Christmas. It’s the kind of Christmas Party the more reserved, less hedonistic might enjoy, the absolute antithesis of The Night Before’s Nutcracker Ball (also, Miley Cyrus turns up at both. Meta!) Here, less is more. The setting is cosy (until Bill has one tequila too many), the folks are nicer (and fewer of them) and the music is much more bearable, even if it is all Christmas classics.

There’s little plot here, not that it matters. The songs are embedded in a cute short story. A Very Murray Christmas requires little of your time and in return, you get an accidental party you wish you could have been a part of. Bill’s offbeat mix of charm and playfulness is here, obviously. Doubtful he turns it off. Most Murray fans would be happy to watch him butter toast for an hour.



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