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A Very Murray Christmas

When the King of Cool rings, you take the call. And so to ‘A Very Murray Christmas’ starring none other than (that’s right, you guessed it) Bill Murray, a musical comedy, starring many Hollywood faces, written by Bill Murray, Mitch Glazer and Sofia Coppola. Sophia Coppola directs this film, set in present day New York, at Christmas (funny that) a very morose Murray, who plays himself, is found singing in his hotel room with Paul Schaffer on piano, certain that no one will turn up for his T.V show due to the bad weather and is coaxed into getting into the spirit of the golden rule of entertainment: The SHOW MUST GO ON! By his less than sincere producers played by Amy Poehler and Julie White.

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Murray’s fears are realised with a less than abysmal start to his TV show special and whilst running out on his producers and ditching the show, Murray receives his first (of many) lucky encounters and bumps, quite literally, into Chris Rock. Rock is coaxed by Murray to appear on the disastrous show and perform in a less than ear pleasing but incredibly funny duet of ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’

I am loathe to give to much away but think a modern take on classical, Hollywood, Christmas specials, include the likes of Michael Cera as Jackie the agent, Rashida Jones as the devastated bride, engaged to Elliott, played by Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Lewis as the tired waitress, Maya Rudolph as the lounge singer, David Johansen as the bartender, and the band Pheonix as the chefs and you are just about there. Oh and add to that cameos by George Clooney and Miley Cyrus, with a big number at the end and you’re right on point.

With familiar songs and familiar faces this proves to be just the kind of Christmas you might want, a Murray one.

By Chantelle Dusette