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Okay, look. I know that this is a cult classic and everybody LOVES it, but I just don't get it. I'm not sure if it's because I didn't see it as a kid or if I just have the wrong sense of humor, but it's just ...fine.
A masterpiece, simply the best Christmas movie ever made. I just want to know who was smart enough to cast Darren McGavin as The Old Man.
I just strongly dislike this movie so much. I don't see why it has become a cult classic.
Forget the depressing, 'shoved-down-your-throat' ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE (It AIN'T). THIS is the one to watch over and over again! The wackiness works beautifully because it never strays out of the realm of reality! And, despite what some critics have said, this is a marvelously FUNCTIONAL family in which Momma and the Old Man are Equal Partners! Say, JDHasty (does that refer to your romantic life?): Are you sure you haven`t confused the original film with the musical? I watched that last night and your review fit IT to a 'T'!
Holds up to repeated semi-annual viewings, the characters are nicely over-the-top, characterized truly from a kid's point of view. Nostalgia with a nice twist, you might recognize yourself or a situation whether alive during this era or not.This familiarity is how A Christmas Story has accrued its classic status.
I remember when it was first released and the timing was awkward, it was out a couple of weeks too soon before Christmas to gain a huge holiday audience. Nonetheless as word got around over the years it gained status as a viewing tradition for many families. Not easy to compete with It's A Wonderful Life but this one is right up there. Solid storytelling and period design is spot on.
This is one of the worst movies it has been my displeasure to have been exposed to. If anyone shows up at my home with a copy they will be disinvited (they cannot claim to have not been forewarned), never to be invited back and if I am somewhere where it is playing I disinvite myself.
I semi-liked this family Christmas DVD. It was produced in 1983 attempting to replicate the 1940-1950 style. Using old props and retro clothes, the dialogue attempts to communicate the strong morals society and family values lived by in this time period. Religion and living your life with the 10 commandments was prevalent in early history. Some old-fashioned humor was applied in this movie. It effectively shows what life was like without all the new technology kids grow up to in our current life style. It is good for all ages. It is not too sexual for kids. There is some minor violence in the film which may scare the very young children. The story was not strong enough to hold my interest 100%. An adult may get bored watching this film. It is well acted.
This is a movie that I enjoyed as a kid, but have now seen so many times (thank TBS for the 24 hour repeats), that I have fallen way out of love with it. Show it to your kids when they are about 10ish, but you don't have to make this one a yearly tradition.
Everybody has their favorite holiday movie - this is one that I can watch again and again! Non-stop laughs as Ralphie tries to convince his parents and Santa that he really should get a "Red Ryder carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle" for Christmas.
Neighborhood bullies, double-dog-dares, major awards, and the Bumpus hounds... just a few of the delights from this holiday classic.
"You'll shoot your eye out, kid!"
A Christmas Story is a very funny holiday movie. I especially enjoy the kids' performances. This movie inspired The Wonder Years TV series.
Love this movie- an all time Christmas classic. It's a funny and heartwarming look at Christmas with all the foibles, tension and fun that attend this time of the year.
Our family's favorite Christmas movie of all time. This is a must-watch every year for us!
The musical version is playing at the 5h Avenue Theater in Seattle all December. With a little wait for the hold line to go down, you can see "A Christmas Story" the movie comedy. It was done many years ago, but it never gets old. This is just as fun as the year it was made. Great for the entire family even if you watch it after Christmas!
"A Christmas Story" was produced for the stage by the 5th Ave. Theater the last two years. The movie is a Christmas Classic that every year receives over a 100 requests. You had better put a hold on one of the 8 copies soon, or you'll be watching it in July!
I get that it must be nostalgic for some, and it's got kids in it, and it's got slapstick humour, but I don't get why this has become such a perenial favourite.
I really enjoy this movie, it is one of those movies that is so bad its good. I always have it playing around Christmas but watch it occasionally throughout the rest of the year. I would recommend this to anyone looking for Christmas comedy that the adults will enjoy as much as the children.
Warm-hearted but with enough grit that even cynical grinches like myself will find plenty to enjoy. Avoids the overt sentimentality of much Christmas fare.