Movie: "A Christmas Story"
Directed by: Bob Clark
Writing credits: Jean Shepard, Leigh Brown, Bob Clark
Reviewer: Dr. Boogie
Plot: Ralphie Parker and his family have a series of misadventures around the Christmas season. Highlights include a saucy lamp, a pack of ravenous hounds, and an incident involving a tongue and a flagpole.
Review: My own Christmas stories as a kid were fairly far removed from the late 30s/early 40s events laid out in the movie, but that didn’t make the movie any less fun to watch.
We all know what it’s like to have in mind that one thing you wanted for Christmas. Mine was always video games rather than toy firearms, but the principle is the same. You want something so bad that you put undue focus on it, even in the face of rejection by your parents, all because you think that good ol’ Santa Claus will hook you up. But Ralpie even gets shut down by Santa, and a frightening, surreal kind of Santa and his cranky elves to boot.
As a kid, I could relate to Ralphie because I had no idea what “you’ll shoot your eye out” even meant. Did people think he was going to look down the barrel and somehow fire a shot directly into his eye? Was he going to play William Tell with a near-sighted friend? I had no ideas about ricochets and such. Oh, but Ralphie played it off with a brilliant ruse about falling icicles. The kid was an inspiration to all childhood liars.
And then there was the flagpole scene. Who hadn’t thought about that old story prior to seeing this movie? Well, seeing the results portrayed in the film (accompanied by a lot of annoying screaming) was enough to keep me from doing anything that stupid on my own time.
And cursing. Even as an adult, Ralphie is compelled to say “F-dash-dash-dash” instead of actually dropping an f-bomb. And you knew exactly what he was going through because everyone’s dad has a bit of a cursing problem. It’s just a byproduct of life in the modern world.
Even as an adult, I still enjoy this movie. TNT has a fairly new tradition of showing the movie back to back for 24 hours straight on Christmas Day, and I could almost stand to watch it twice or more in a single sitting.
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)
LadyMage: I hated that movie, sorry to be the voice of total opposition but I hated it, the only person I liked was the father figure and everyone else pissed me off, the kid was whiny and stupid and the mother was over protective and annoying
and the teacher should have given the kid an A for his paper, he was honest for crying out loud!
|But Ralpie even gets shut down by Santa, and a frightening, surreal kind of Santa and his cranky elves to boot.|
|Well, seeing the results portrayed in the film (accompanied by a lot of annoying screaming) was enough to keep me from doing anything that stupid on my own time.|
|Not a finger!|
|You use all the glue on purpose!|
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