Big Screen Classics

A CHRISTMAS STORY

Director Bob Clark
Year 1983
Starring Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin
Rating PG
Run Time 94min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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There is no other Christmas movie that both captures the adolescent joy and adult horror that comes with the holiday season than A CHRISTMAS STORY.

This film version of the childhood memoirs of Jean Shepard is a painstakingly accurate depiction of Midwestern middle-class suburban life told through the eyes of little eight-year old Ralphie, who wants nothing more than a Red-Ryder BB Gun to make his Christmas dreams come true. But as the months of November and December pass we are also viewers of his home life and his brilliantly subjective take on it.

We see his father, played to perfection by Daren McGavin, move between stern discipline and juvenile outbursts. His mother (Melinda Dillon), all love and concern, is the kind of matriarch we all want, but try telling that to Ralphie when she keeps repeating the mantra that he “will shoot his eye out” if he gets his coveted Christmas gift.

A CHRISTMAS STORY is so much more than a great Christmas movie, but the commercialized sentimentality that is forced on us during this time of year makes its unabashed sincerity that much better. (R.J. LaForce)

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