Sunday, December 23, 2012

Repost: A Christmas Story

This is a re-post of a post originally run on December 17, 2011. 

One of my recently acquired Christmas obsessions is the fun and enjoyable 1983 movie A Christmas Story. Based upon writer Jean Shepherd's semi-fictionalized account of a young boy, Ralphie, experiencing the Christmas holidays in 1940s Indiana with his parents, his younger brother, and his neighborhood friends. I love movies that convey a time period with great detail, and A Christmas Story clearly fits into this category.

This movie contains one of the funniest scenes ever, where one of the young protagonist's friends gets his tongue stuck to metal pole in the cold of winter. The main story line, however, also full of funny moments, concerns Ralphie's ongoing quest to obtain a BB gun for Christmas, despite the objections ("you'll shoot your eye out, kid") of various adult figures, including his mother, his teacher, and a store Santa Claus.

But I think the main reason I find this movie so enjoyable is that its a rather realistic, yet fun, holiday movie that doesn't take itself too seriously. It involves a rather average family doing their best to enjoy the holidays amidst
dealing with everyday life. Ultimately, this movie is about having a Merry Christmas with what you have, and with those you have around you.


  1. forever my fave holiday movie.

  2. Merry Christmas Lazlo!! All the best to you and your family. :)

  3. I did a special issue on this holiday classic and also did an interview with Scott Schwartz who played 'Flick' in the film. Definitely both are worth checking out.

    Also, wanted to take a moment, to wish you Lazlo a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the coming New Year. Thanks for continuing to share your 80s memories and I look forward to more in 2013!

  4. Ally, Chelly, and Oldschool-- thanks for dropping by... and a very Happy Holidays, however celebrated, to all of you!!

    I'll check out the interview with "Flick"... I'm always impressed at the interviews you are able to get... a great service to us 80s afficionados!!!