December 21: A Christmas Story (1983)

A Christmas Story. Directed by Bob Clark. MGM, 1983.

Pre-Screening Sips

  • I have only seen this once before, about fifteen years ago—we watched it at school, oddly enough—and I remember really enjoying it
  • Because I’m a weirdo, I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to re-watch since then

Post-Screening Snippets

  • Telling the story from the perspective of a nostalgic narrator is the perfect way to capture the feeling of Christmas, as well as connect with kids and adults
  • The mom is really the best character in this movie – she doesn’t have the snippy one-liners the dad gets, but her parental choices are both great parenting and rather funny
  • Re-watching A Christmas Story is a great way to spend ninety minutes going, “oh, yeah, that reference comes from this, too!”
  • This movie is a great example of mining kids for comedy gold: Randy lying in the snow like a slug as a defense mechanism, Ralphie repeatedly reaching for the leg lamp
  • This mall Santa might be the king of terrible mall Santas
  • The “parents are right-ness” of Ralphie shooting his eye out at the end and then lying to get out of trouble is the perfect portrait of the parent-child cycle
  • Dang, we made it all the way to end of this before the movie threw in some racist mess at the Chinese restaurant

The Final Hot Chocolate

            A Christmas Story’s collection of nostalgic vignettes perfectly captures the essence of family-focused holidays. It’s easy to see why A Christmas Story set the template for most modern Christmas movies. I triple dog dare you to watch it.

GRADE: A

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