A Christmas Story Reviews

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A Christmas favorite set in 1940s Indiana about Ralphie, a 9-year-old boy who desperately wants a Red Raider BB gun for Christmas.

Despite his mother's protestations that he will shoot himself, Ralphie tries unsuccessfully to enlist the help of both his teacher and Santa Claus.

Meanwhile, Ralphie finds himself constantly taunted by a couple of couples and trying not to get in the middle of a fight between his mom and dad over a certain lamp.

Somehow, usually obscure director Bob Clark, whose specialty was rather bad exploitation movies (Porky's and even worse, Porky's II: The Next Day), managed to make a completely charming and adorable Christmas movie.

Based on the story by Midwestern humorist Gene Shepherd (who also narrates in the first person), A Christmas Story is an episodic comedy set in the 1940s about the family life of young Ralphie (Billingsley) as he grows closer.

Christmas The plot loosely revolves around Ralphie's desire for a Red Ryder BB pistol for Christmas that his mother (Dillon) has forbidden because she fears it will put his eye out.

Flashbacks to Shepherd's childhood include his narrow escapes from neighborhood bullies, his father's (McGavin) struggle with a smoky belching stove, his mother's attempts to feed his younger brother (Petrella), his father's infatuation with an uncomfortable lamp that looks like a woman's leg, and the local department store.

A nightmare visit with Santa. The cast is excellent, especially McGavin, Billingsley and Petrella, the laughs are constant if rarely subtle, and it all deserves to be a Christmas classic.