There are Christmas movies that last for generations. A Wonderful Life, Rudolph The Rednose Reindeer, A Christmas Carol immediately come to mind, but really I hate them all. Okay, hate is a strong word, I just don’t find any joy in any of these films. They are so annoyingly ‘cheerful’ by the end of them it sickens me. My christmas films are of another vein, they fall in the horror, action and sarcastic humor categories, they are irreverent and in being so, they are the ones that stand out the most in my life. So today I give you one of my favorite irreverent holiday films, A Christmas Story.
Todays Key Movie:
A Christmas Story (directed by Bob Clark who also directed Porky’s) follows Ralphie Parker (played by Peter Billingsley), a young kid on a mission for the perfect Christmas gift the fabled Red Rider B.B. Gun. As the story goes it shows his childhood and his family life in an undetermined 50’s/60’s America. Similar to the series, the Wonder Years (which this movie may have inspired a bit) it features an ‘adult’ Ralphie as the narrator giving key information to all the moments in his story.
Why this movie?
This was, and still is a key holiday standard for me as it is for a multitude of others my age. From the moment it aired on television and every year after, we watched this film as a tradition. I feel like I had to have watched it over 100 time by now and, honestly, it just doesn’t get old.
How did this translate to real life?
Ralphie was me as a kid. I not only identified with him but also kinda looked like him at the age he was in the film. Everything you see in this film, I did in some form or fashion. No, I didn’t get my tongue stuck on a metal pole but we did some seriously dumb things as kids. In many ways it is a miracle that we grew up at all but,then again, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and that is a certainty with kids that grew up in the 80’s. We didn’t have all of the social media connections and phone access we do now and so, sometimes, we had figure things out on our own. Honestly, I kinda miss those days.
Other things in this movie are pretty accurate as well. From the school bully torturing us nearly every day to the family dynamic as well. Even though the time period in the film is of an earlier age, This was my life on film and man does it bring back memories.
On a cool note you can still visit the house that this film uses for the family. Their website is here. I haven’t been there but it looks fun.
Okay, you like this film, but is it really a ‘good film’?
It’s not an oscar contender but man is it a fun film. The actors are spot on, the script and pacing is great, it’s just really fun. If you haven’t seen it yet, it is a must watch over the holiday season. There are some terrific moments throughout the movie and you will thank yourself for the time spent.
OK, where do I get this movie?
This is one of those that will, inevitably be aired on some station at some point this holiday. If you miss it, just keep your eyes open and you’ll catch it on. If you don’t want to wait you can grab one at Target for around $10 here.
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