The top 10 ways to take Bill Murray home with you
Every girl's a sucker for a disheveled goofball who's crying on the inside.
Reviewed by Courtney Fitzgerald, Fri., Jan. 2, 2004
The Top 10 Ways to Take Bill Murray Home With YouEvery girl's a sucker for a disheveled goofball who's crying on the inside. Why settle for Johnny Depp when there's Bill Murray? Bill makes acne scars sexy. Tragicomedy lives on his face. His sagging jowls make you swoon. His sleaze makes you sigh. He masters alcohol-addled ad-lib and turns class-clown cock into art. You loved him when he felt up Lisa Lupner through her training bra, and you love him now as he sings May-December karaoke with Scarlett Johansson's pink panties in Lost in Translation. Let's face it, Bill Murray is a luminary of American sex, his light glowing brighter with the broken capillaries. Santa baby, put a little more Murray on next year's Christmas list. Until then, hit foreplay and rewind. Let this man for all seasons wrestle you from meatball-stained tube top into January parka. Get warmed up for some Stay Puft lovin'. The doctor's in DVD.
1) Ghostbusters (1984): Dr. Peter Venkman at your service. This is quintessential Bill Murray in the ultimate Reitman-Ramis collaboration. Covered head-to-toe in paranormal goo, Bill defines sexy goof. Sigourney, there's a catfight somewhere in your long-legged future.
2) Caddyshack (1980): Bill grew up a real caddy, and he's always got a salami to hide in this first star-studded, endearingly vulgar Ramis project.
3) Rushmore (1998): Supporting, show-stealing Bill in Wes Anderson quirk. Who doesn't hold dear the beer-gutted Bill splashing into an underwater stupor, à la The Graduate, as the Kinks serenade him and his undulating comedic misery? Bill is Herman J. Blume, a midlife crisis drowning in Max Fischer cool.
4) Groundhog Day (1993): Wanna repeat one day of your meaningless, inconsequential life over and over? Only Bill can make the early morning cruelty of an alarm clock sound like spring.
5) Stripes (1981): Every good comedian needs a Private Benjamin, because joining the army is just so funny. A Murray-Ramis-Reitman classic.
6) Quick Change (1990): Bill takes Manhattan in his first turn as director. It's a caper of deadpan brilliance, complete with clown-suited, bank-robbing Murphy's Law.
7) What About Bob? (1991): Bob's that kind of paranoid schizophrenic stalker you want to have around. He was OCD when OCD wasn't cool.
8) Ed Wood (1994): Murray and Depp, those two studs, meet on silver screen. Besides, it's Tim Burton.
9) Wild Things (1998): There are two Bills: the protagonist who makes the show and the supporting guy who steals it. Bill makes the swamp sweat slipperier than an unctuous perma-whiplashed lawyer. This underestimated film of purposeful camp introduces the supporting Bill that Rushmore hones into genius.
10) Meatballs (1979): Knee-high socks abound for Tripper, the devil-may-care head counselor who won't play by the rules. Bill's inaugural pairing with Ivan Reitman is the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
[Ed. Note, Honorable Mentions: Where the Buffalo Roam, Kingpin, and Mad Dog and Glory]