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Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell, Octavia Spencer, Sunita Mani, Patrick Page, Aimee Carrero, Joe Tippett
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Apple TV+ Christmas musical directed and co-written by Sean Anders. Spirited (2022) is a modern retelling of Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” which follows Clint Briggs (Ryan Reynolds), a younger, funnier version of the old, crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge, who turns the tables and reexamines Ghost of Christmas Present’s (Will Ferrell) past, present and future.
Our Favorite Quotes:'Maybe there's no magical quick fix. Maybe you got to put in the work. You got to wake up each day, get out of bed, and decide, “How about today I don't wish anyone a good afternoon?”' - Clint Briggs (Spirited) Click To Tweet
Present: Do people really change? I mean, real, lasting, positive change. I sure hope so, because we are in the business of change.
Present: And these are my colleagues, The Ghost of Christmas Past, Christmas Yet-to-Come. And that’s me. Mr. Brad Pitt. No. No, I’m kidding. I’m The Ghost of Christmas Present. I’m not Brad Pitt.
Present: So, you think she changed?
Past: I mean, I don’t know. This one was a serious tight-a**.
Yet-to-Come: Of course she’s changed. I brought her face to face with her mortality, and that’s when I close the deal every time.
Past: Anyone can point to a headstone. Everyone agrees with me.
Present: Guys, please.
Yet-to-Come: You know what? I do way more than just point at it. That hurts me.
HR Ghost (Margo): New recruits, I know you’re freshly dead, but let’s look alive.
Present: So, that’s what we do. We haunt someone, change them into a better person, and then we sing about it.
Recruit Guy: Why are they singing?
HR Ghost (Margo): Oh, because this is a musical.
Recruit Guy: What is?
HR Ghost (Margo): All of this. The afterlife.
Recruit Guy #2: Hey, does somebody clear out our search history after we die?
Present: Maybe I buy a quaint little house on a quiet street. I meet a nice gal, and we get married, and start a family. And then, at the end of each day after work, we have a loving embrace and one of those newfangled, modern mouth kisses. That’d be nice.
'People will believe anything if they want to believe it.' - Clint Briggs (Spirited) Click To Tweet
Present: And there’s me in the backyard goofing around with my two kids, who share the same first initial. Little Rebecca, and her brother, Reggie, or Robert, or Rar… I don’t know. I’ll think of a good R name.
Mr. Alteli: No one cares what your name is, and no one should have a mustache on their lip and forehead.
Marley: [referring to Alteli] Abusive, stingy, self-centered.
Past: I like that he goes against the Canadian stereotype.
Yet-to-Come: Yeah. It’s weird to see a Canadian without mittens.
Present: I mean, yeah. He’s an absolute turd in a suit.
Clint Briggs: Outrage is a drug.
Clint Briggs: Have people changed? Now, that’s the good news. People never change.
Present: [referring to Clint] He’s like the perfect combination of Mussolini and Seacrest.
Communications Ghost: Clint’s company specializes in creating controversy, conflict, and disinformation for the benefit of his clients worldwide.
Present: Oh, my God. He’s perfect.
Present: [referring to Clint] So persuasive. Kind of makes you want to push an old lady down a flight of stairs.
Present: [referring to Clint] Jacob, the guy causes division for a job. And he’s…
Past: Insanely hot. Is that not what you were going to say? What? I’ve been dead for forty years, and I’m not made of wood. The man’s attractive.
Present: No, he’s smoking hot.
Past: Smoking hot.
Present: And more importantly, he’s got his hands all over everything.
Past: Yeah. I wish. Maude, are you texting HR?
'This inner turmoil. Let that get in you. This where real change begins.' - Present (Spirited) Click To Tweet
Present: I can’t explain it, but if I could just change this guy, maybe I’ll…
Marley: What? Maybe you’ll what? Oh, no. No. There’s no need for a whole big number here. No. No spotlight. Gary, kill the spot…
[Present starts singing]
Marley: [to Present] Redeeming an unredeemable is nearly impossible. But if you’ll promise to stop singing, you can have your perp.
Present: See, it’s a documented fact that one person’s kindness can have a ripple effect. Spreading goodwill like a pandemic. No. Scratch that. Sorry. You know, like, you know when people at a football stadium do the wave? Like that. More like that.
Kimberly: I’ll just go tell your late sister’s only kid you’re too busy.
Clint Briggs: Top-notch guilt trip, Kimberly. The way you emphasize “late”. Proud of you.
Clint Briggs: Please hold your indignation, because it’s going to get worse.
'Our choices make us who we are.' - Present (Spirited) Click To Tweet
Clint Briggs: [to Kimberly] You found something good, didn’t you? See, you can always tell by the self-loathing expression on her face.
Kimberly: It’s official. I’m a terrible person.
Present: No, you’re not.
Kimberly: Excuse me?
Yet-to-Come: [to Present] What? Can she see you right now?
Present: I’m The Ghost of Christmas Present. Yeah, we’ll be haunting him this Christmas, in hopes we can change him into being a more positive force for humanity.
Kimberly: [laughs] Clint?
Kimberly: I’m Kimberly.
Present: Roberto. C. Fishman. Pratt. Roberto C. Fishman Pratt.
Past: [referring to Kimberly] You know, I think deep down, you wanted her to see you because you’re into her.
Present: I’m not into her.
Past: Roberto C. Fishman Pratt?
Present: Okay, it’s a bad name!
Past: It’s too many names.
'Your sacrifice would have no meaning if it had no consequence.' - Marley (Spirited) Click To Tweet
Marley: This chain I forged in life is girded of my own free will. Link by link with each soul I made to suffer.
Clint Briggs: Very, very, very, very, very convincing.
Marley: Feel my chain!
Clint Briggs: Ew. Can I not?
Clint Briggs: You said, “Past, present, future.” Like A Christmas Carol? The Dickens story? The Bill Murray movie with Bobcat Goldthwait?
Marley: Yes. Yes. Like the Dickens book, and the Bill Murray movie, and every other adaptation nobody asked for.
Clint Briggs: So out of all the people on the planet, murderers, racists, people who do gender reveal parties, I’m the guy you’re going to haunt?
Marley: If you would shut up and let me finish, you might understand…
Clint Briggs: Yes, sir.
Marley: You know what? Forget it. It’s not worth the trouble. Three ghosts coming to save you. Bit more consideration for them than you did for me maybe, yeah?
Clint Briggs: Noted.