I thought it would be appropriate to end the week with one of my favorite holiday movies, A Christmas Story from 1983. It is based on the childhood memories of humorist Jean Shepherd and his book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash. Shepherd, who also narrates the movie, is excellent in bringing back the nostalgia of what Christmas is like as a child. It is a story about a little boy, Ralphie Parker and the best Christmas he ever had in the late 1940′s. The moment Ralphie sees a Red Ryder BB gun in a department store window, he knows what he wants for Christmas and he determines he will have to drop lots of hints to get it. But no matter how hard he tries and no matter who he tells (his mother, his teacher, Santa) the answer is always the same: “You’ll shoot your eye out!”
The movie is filled with hilarious scenes that the actors do a good job of bringing to life. His visit to Santa, his class dreams (especially the one where his teacher turns into a witch), his frequent encounters with the town bullies, and what happens when Christmas finally comes are all memorable scenes. I also enjoyed the scenes where his parents bicker over the leg lamp, which you have to see to believe. A Christmas Story is a light-hearted, funny and nostalgic look at Christmas past that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Highly recommended.
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