A Christmas Carol variant with Bill Murray as a network TV president who hates Christmas and plans to exploit the holidays to the hilt until he’s visited by three ghosts who set him straight. Tacky in the extreme, this self-congratulatory 1988 film is an exercise in hypocrisy, indulging every form of Christmas exploitation that it pretends to attack, and many of the laughs are forced. Richard Donner directed a script by Mitch Glazer and Michael O’Donoghue; with Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover, Carol Kane, and Alfre Woodard. PG-13, 101 min. (JR)

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