A modern-day Scrooge is moved by the plight of a young boy in Theodore Melfi’s touching and frequently uproarious comedy.
There are neither jingling bells nor ghostly visitations in
The Oscar-nominated star of
His irascible old coot might gamble, smoke and drink to excess, and seek physical pleasure in the company of a heavily pregnant Russian prostitute, but we fall head over heels for Murray’s virtuoso portrayal.
Writer-director Melfi doesn’t lay on the sentimentality too thickly as he exposes glimmers of hope for each dysfunctional character.