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Netflix's Bill Murray Christmas Special Is the Most Jewish Christmas Special of All Time.

Over the past decade and a half, Bill Murray has undergone a fascinating transition from slightly-past-his-prime comedy superstar to something akin to a kind of mythical folk hero. He's popped up in eccentric, sometimes shockingly accomplished turns in buzzy indie films (Lost in Translation, Broken Flowers), crashed people's wedding in good nature, and seemed to contribute to the spread of his own urban legends ("No one will ever believe you." Ah, but they will, Bill. They will.)

In a certain way, this makes sense. Murray's charms, even in his most blockbuster-y heyday, always came from his lackadaisical insolence (see: Ernie McCracken, Kingpin) the projected air of a man who seemed like he couldn't be bothered to do anything he didn't want to do. So perhaps it should have always seemed likely that Murray would spend his later career doing preciselyand onlywhatever projects might perversely tickle his fancy. A Very Murray Christmashis new star-studded, Sofia Coppola-directed Christmas special which started streaming on Netflix last Fridayslots neatly into that vein. The musically-driven special is a seamless continuation of Murray's sad clown fused with his "Nick The Lounge Singer" character from Saturday Night Live many years ago. (I've always thought a Nick-themed feature was a sorely missed opportunity for a franchise that once handed out movie deals left and right to even its most marginal personalities.) What I didn't expect, however, was for Murray to release the most melancholic, alienated, and strangely, Jewish Christmas special of all time.

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Author:Shukert, Rachel
Publication:Tablet Magazine
Date:Dec 9, 2015
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