I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The best and most unique element it brings to the table in terms of Christmas Carol adaptations is the deft satire of the media. That earned some genuine laughs. (Is it funny to anyone else that a lesson of selflessness is taught by big, greedy studio?) Other than that, I didn't find it particularly funny. Bill Murray was both deplorable and honestly likable. His character shouldn't be charismatic in any way, based on the script, but he brings this energy that makes you not root for him, but for him to become a better person, and not die. Now, the story itself is so overdone that you can't help but get a little bored with it. Not helped by the bland love interest, and strongly clashing mushy, emotional elements. I loved the first ghost, and while I love Carol Kane, I was just confused by the second (somebody explain that motif to me, please). I also found the ending to be a stretch, in terms of logic.
His big speech made Calvin speak, as opposed to going to a mental hospital? No way, Jose. Anyway, a somewhat confused but still funny and enjoyable rehash.