A Christmas Story (1983)

Aunt Clara had for years labored under the delusion that I was not only perpetually 4 years old, but also a girl.

— Narrator

The seminal modern day classic A Christmas Story plays on a continuous run of TBS around the holidays. Even though I have seen this movie thousands of time, I still love this story about a boy wanting the ultimate gift for Christmas.

I remember when I was younger watching this movie for the first time on TBS and fell in love with the stories and especially the characters. For years, I saw only the edited version. When I saw the uncut version, I loved it even more. In this circumstance, I am basing my review on the edited television cut.

The movie takes place in Indiana where the Parker household is preparing for Christmas. Jean Shepard narrates this story about Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) in the 1940s who desires a Red Rider air rifle for a gift, almost to an obsession. He sees it in a store window one night out with his friends, Flick and Schwartz (Scott Schwartz, R.D. Robb). He daydreams and schemes to have the ultimate gift whenever he tells an adult about his dream today, he gets the same canned response, “You’ll shoot your eye out.”

His parents (Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillon) are trying to get the house together. The father is trying to keep the furnace from engulfing the house in smoke, his Oldsmobile from freezing over or the hillbilly Bumpusses’s bloodhounds at bay. The mother tries to keep the house running smoothly and the little brother, Randy (Ian Petrella) to eat voluntarily at the dining table.

Ralphie thinks that there is a silver lining when his teacher, Mrs. Shields (Tedde Moore) gives the class an assignment to write a theme about “What I Want for Christmas.” Ralphie thinks that if he gloats over the potential masterpiece that he is writing. When that doesn’t work, he thinks that bribing her would raise his grade.

There are so many classics moments like the father’s major award, Flick’s tongue getting stuck on a pole, Ralphie saying, “Fudge”, the homemade pink bunny outfit or Ralphie getting his revenge against two school bullies, Scut Farkus and Grover Dill (Zack Ward, Yano Anaya).

Judgment: What can be said about an American tradition?

Rating: ****


About Branden

Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on December 28, 2009, in 1983, Comedy, Family and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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