Scrooge in the Hood (2011) – By Brian Morton

How many times have we seen Dickens’ tale of Scrooge redone? Well, if I started counting right now, I don’t think I’d be done before you’d be ready to retire, everything from classic films to Daffy Duck have been included in that list! Well, let’s add one more to the list an ‘urban’ version of Scrooge that will give you a few laughs as well as the required lesson in humility and charity. It’s called Scrooge in the Hood and it’s actually pretty entertaining.

It all begins, as usual, with the funeral of Marley, only this Marley has been killed by gangsters who he owed money to. And, if only his partner Scrooge had loaned him the small amount, he’d still be alive. But, as you’d expect, Scrooge is only interested in making money, not lending or giving it away! So, because he’s a terrible cheapskate..on top of the drug dealing and prostitution that this particular Scrooge is into, he’s visited by Marley, who sends the requisite three ghosts and…off we go.

This sticks with the pretty standard Scrooge story, except in this story, Scrooge’s niece is kidnapped by evil Jewish gangsters who are going to sell her to even more evil Arab gangsters! So, instead of God Bless Us Every One, we get more of a Let God Sort ‘Em Out! It’s a pretty entertaining take on the classic, and one like I’ve never seen before! The story is good, the acting is a bit hit and miss, there are a few actors here that are a bit stiff, but for the most part the cast is just having fun! I’m giving Scrooge in the Hood 3 out of 4 cigars, it’s not for everyone, and if you’re offended by racial stereotypes, then please avoid this, it’ll definitely offend you. But, if you enjoy fun of all kinds and just want to have yourself a bit of a laugh for an hour, then definitely check out Scrooge in the Hood. You can find out more by heading over to