Spirited

Each Christmas Eve, the Ghost of Christmas Present selects one dark soul to be reformed by a visit from three spirits. But this season, he picked the wrong Scrooge. Clint Briggs turns the tables on his ghostly host until Present finds himself reexamining his own past, present and future.

  • Released: 2022-11-11
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell, Octavia Spencer, Sunita Mani, Aimee Carrero, Joe Tippett, Marlow Barkley, Maximilian Lee Piazza, Jen Tullock, Anne Reardon, Nico Tirozzi, Billy Concha, Peter Brownlee, Woody Fu, Brian Bradbury, Maddox Dalton, Daelan Dalton, Arasha Lalani
  • Director: Sean Anders
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  • mhdeokx - 11 January 2023
    Revive the old soul
    Ok it has a lot of music and dance though its Revive the old soul , morality , values is not things we can see in comidy movie today , I not say that i love this class but it has been so long that i haven't pick this taste in such a pretty good effort .

    Ryai reynold man i love your works i don't know how or who you are in your life but that selfish clent who make allways the setuation for him self though the best thing that i love about him is his best Christmas, thats make me really was disappointed when they give the child that present his past the puppy .

    Thank you for Reading this With all my regards MR. Amg.
  • Jolest - 11 January 2023
    Excellent
    This movie was nothing like what I was expecting... I usually am bored by musicals, remakes of old themes, and Christmas themed movies in general.

    This movie is a brilliant mash-up of funny writing, great acting, self aware humor, and honestly fun musical performances. (And yes, I know that sounds like a buzzword list for every overblown movie review ever written. But this is the real deal.) I'm fairly certain that at least 10% of the dialog between the two main characters is ad-libbed by the actors. (That's what you get when you have two a-list comedy actors at the top of their game.) I almost never go see a movie more than once in the theater and I'm trying to find time to do just that with this movie.

    Go see this one!!
  • phildavis12 - 7 January 2023
    Theologically moderate
    Neither darkly Calvinist (nobody is "unredeemable") nor utopian Methodist (perfection isn't possible for humans, even after redemption). There's as much theological and philosophical commentary, about both the after-and the this-life-in this film as there is in The Good Place. And like a show whose lighthearted ethics might be summed up with the ironic tag line: "How to Be Perfect," this film never makes the mistake of taking itself too seriously (even if its critics want it to).

    If you break the fourth wall of a musical that is set inside a movie, is it still breaking the fourth wall? What do you call that? These and other pressing questions you will confront in this holiday film that both uplifts, preaches a little, but stops short of making morality overbearing. In 2022, that's a tall order!!
  • teresa_horne-36995 - 6 January 2023
    Unexpectedly brilliant
    I'd not heard of the movie until my partner said 'I've heard good things about this movie' and promptly pressed play. I was really surprised as he is not really a Christmas fan or a interested in musicals, but I'm so glad he opted to give it a go.

    The movie moves at a good pace, is funny and entertaining from the start. It however builds and more entertaining as it goes on. The story starts to unfold and the songs get better and better. My personal favourites are of course 'Good Afternoon' but also 'Ripple'.

    Will and Ryan are a great double act which works really well. I was surprised at how good their singing and dancing is, but honestly the rest of the cast stole the show when it comes to talent in this area, just brilliant.

    I'm also not a particular fan of musicals but honestly I'm hooked on this one. I've now watched it 7 times in a month and it never fails to make me smile and cheer my up.

    It was better the second time, I think because I knew what I was watching. I'm looking forward to December 2023 so I can watch it a few more times !
  • graygil - 2 January 2023
    Deadpool and Elf have a kid...
    It needs a 2nd viewing! I was too busy wrapping presents and decorating during my first watch paying attention to the fact the Will and Ryan were singing but the story, dancing and songs are so wonderful! The comedy is on point and the song lyrics are fantastic! Lots of the ironic humor that Will and Ryan are so good at. But perhaps the greatest construct in all of it is the absolutely unique and creative take on the Dickens story. It is light and fun, everything you look for in a holiday reliable. But it also gives you the depth and warmth you need at the same time. If you liked/loved Deadpool and/or Elf, you will love this too!
  • wildcatian - 2 January 2023
    Funny, Intelligent Story Marred By Music
    If circumstances were different, this could've been a Christmas movie that people willingly revisit every year.

    While the story is pretty well written and the cast is enjoyable, the musical aspect of the movie is what ruined it for me.

    A good musical has songs that drive the story forward, either by explaining the backstory of characters so that viewers can understand them better or by summarizing the events occurring in the story. A bad musical has songs that explain the characters feelings in one moment of time. The problem is many of the musical numbers featured in this movie are not driving the plot forward and instead over explaining a particular emotion in time (like love). Even worse, some of these songs are cute at first, but then wear on you (example is "Good Afternoon").

    Another issue with the music is that the lyrics are hollow and simplistic, so much so that you could guess what they were going to rhyme the lyrics with. The instrumentals and lyrics makes this movie feel like they were trying to make a really good musical but instead they decided to make it like a modern pop album to appease audiences.

    What really jumped out at me the most was hearing how robotic some of the voices are in between the note changes. It sounds like autotune was constantly sprinkled throughout the movie, and it really ruined the music for me (as if the music wasn't already bad enough). Bonus: the mixing on this was not good, you could barely hear the background vocals or instrumentals in many tracks.

    One more small thing that really kinda bugged the hell out of me. It was kind of unbelievable how many times they showed an apple product on screen. You can constantly see AirPods, iPhones and even MacBooks as a reminder that Apple made this movie. The worst thing about it was when they decided to have a couple take a random selfie with the brand new iPhone 14 Pro, clearly visible to the audience, while Will Ferrell was singing. I do not want to watch a Christmas movie that constantly pushes products in my face. Even if this movie was really amazing, I think this would've totally held it back from being a Christmas classic.

    The movie really was funny and had a lot of cute moments and a great story, but the music just made the movie uncomfortably long. There were far too many songs in this movie - with many of them being downright dull or terrible - and honestly, by the middle of the movie, my whole family and I were constantly letting out a huge sigh when each new song came on. If this was forty minutes shorter and maybe had two or three fun songs, I would've definitely considered revisiting this movie in the future. However that was most definitely not the case. Also, Apple if you're reading, stop pushing your products so much! You need to be more subtle!
  • kathryn-43 - 2 January 2023
    Wonderful Christmas movie!
    If you like musicals, Christmas, and Dickens than this is the movie for you! It's now my second favorite Christmas movie. The story is great, the choreography and songs are awesome, and Will, Ryan, and Octavia completely blew me away in their roles. The soundtrack has been running through my head since I last watched it. We even get a cameo from Judi Dench that makes you chuckle. I hope we see a future collaboration with Will and Ryan. There are even a few winks at previous Christmas movies included. My 20 year old son watched it with me and agreed that it's an instant Christmas classic, we'll have it on our Christmas movie rotation every year. Enjoy!
  • lpease - 2 January 2023
    My favorite movie musical ever - and I LOVED The Greatest Showman
    This was just SO AMAZINGLY GOOD on every level. The writing. The acting. The singing. THE DANCING and choreography were so incredible. I have watched it nearly every say since I saw it a month ago. I start other movies but keep longing for another shot of this one. Why? Because it's about joy, love, redemption, fear, and overcoming fear. And it's done to incredible music. With great shots. Truly - this should be up for best picture. The humor is just right - not too much, not dumb. The pacing is tight. The story arcs, plural, and beautifully done. This is what it looks like when you get a team of people who know what they are doing together.

    I wish I could hug and kiss everyone involved for this lovely gift, which I will enjoy year round for decades to come!
  • pdavide587 - 2 January 2023
    Painful to watch and listen to
    I like musicals and comedies but this is painful

    The musicals aren't even remotely catchy, there are way too many of them plus they are literally painful to listen to, most of them are like nails on a chalkboard. The dialogue is scattered and disorganized, And a decent amount is inappropriate for children, and I'm not quite sure who the demographic is.

    Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell are clickbait De Niro and DiCaprio couldn't save this film

    I wouldn't recommend this movie to anyone except perhaps to the interrogators at Guantanamo bay to break suspects Just play this film on repeat 2 to 3 viewings in and they'd tell you anything you want to know.
  • harvbow - 1 January 2023
    This movie proves you can redeem yourself
    Okay, so when I first started watching this I was unsure, it just didn't seem that good, but when they started singing good afternoon, wow! I fell in love with this movie and I am literally obsessed with it, Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell are literally hilarious together, and this movie is an instant classic. The song Unredeemable actually brought tears to my eyes, it's one of those songs where you don't just hear the lyrics, you understand them at a deeper level. And then of course my other favorite song Good Afternoon had me crying laughing the whole way through, it's hilarious and catchy! This movie is a masterpiece and a must watch!
  • christine-rutter-377-172432 - 1 January 2023
    Such a good feeling
    I really enjoyed this. Not normally a fan of Will Ferrell, as I struggle with his humour, but this one was spot on for me.

    The actors had real chemistry, and I'd say they a lot of fun filming this, and it shows with the energy in it. Great choice of ensemble.

    Catchy music. Good dancing, and from what I saw both Ryan and Will held their own.

    Watched it twice now, and I think it's in my top 10 Christmas movies now.

    It's light hearted, and fun. And I'm loving the trend of bring back musicals. It's great.

    I appreciate not everyone will love this, but give it a chance, and you may well enjoy it.
  • redbaron-86192 - 31 December 2022
    One and Done-cannot watch again
    Big fan of all these actors and musicals as well and it took some effort to see this one through to the end. Poorly written, character development and flow were not good and there was too much singing and dancing and the songs were so, so forgettable. Patrick Page was amazing--perfectly casted and with the best voice of the bunch. Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds have charisma; but, sadly not enough to make up all the shortcomings of this film. Perhaps one day someone will be able to remake this tired old classic and do it justice, because it is a tale worth telling and a lesson to be learned; but, sadly this was not that day.
  • philipvern - 31 December 2022
    Inconsistent - Not the Scrooge I was Looking For
    The movie is fine if you can shut off your brain and I will freely admit one of my biggest complaints may not bother some at all.

    I'll explain for anyone who cares, but if you enjoyed the movie or don't care about consistent plot, no need to read on.

    In the very first musical number of the movie, a recently deceased individual poses the question, "Why is everyone singing?". The guide tells him that the afterlife is all musical. This showed that the characters were aware of the songs breaking out and that it was not an everyday occurrence in the world of the living. I thought this was a great idea and a clever way to make a move that could be half musical while still being able to have a more serious side when the supernatural was not occurring.

    Fast forward to the first scene with Ryan Reynolds very early in the movie. He breaks into song during a presentation, not as a clever part of the presentation, but as a full-on musical. So, the world of the living does have music, all the time, and no one seems to notice, except the one character at the beginning who questioned why everyone was singing.

    This won't bother many people (I know), but as someone who loves musicals and loves Christmas, this was too much silliness for me.
  • yoyoma-63100 - 31 December 2022
    A massive train wreck that almost never ends
    The idea for the movie is not a bad one, putting a twist on the classic. The execution is the problem, and it results in the pure defilement of a beloved and treasured story. This first became obvious when the ghost of Christmas past sleeps with the person they are trying to help. Disgusting, twisted, not funny, stupid..you name it. There are many negative adjectives that could be used to describe this sprawling train wreck that tries to do too much and succeeds at little. Our leads are the crass, child-like senior Will Ferrel, and the perennially sarcastic jerk, Ryan Reynolds. Mix in a few diversity check-box actors and away we go. The only bright spots for me were contained in some of the musical numbers (Pasek and Paul from La la land), although they didn't fit the movie well neither can the leads sing. I give most of the credit to the elaborate production design and the dancers. Yes, the dancers were the best part. So if you want to see a crappy defilement of a beloved classic with some good dancing thrown in, this is for you.