What Is The Big Deal About "A Christmas Story" (1983)?!?

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  1. ky658

    ky658 Senior Member Thread Starter

    Ft Myers, Florida
    Nine years ago, I was working for a company that basically forced us to watch this movie as part of a "holiday celebration" the day before Christmas Eve. Being born in the era of "Rudolph", The Grinch" etc., I just don't get the attraction to this movie, it seems like a dopey, stupid film that has a cult following with marathons running during the holidays. To me, this is NOT a classic...
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  2. Digital-G

    Digital-G Senior Member

    Dayton, OH
    So... you were at work and getting paid to watch a movie?

    A "dopey film with a cult following" could also be used to describe Rudolph and The Grinch, right? It's all relative.

    A Christmas Story combines humor & nostalgia and has a lot of elements in it that many people can relate to. I didn't grow up in the 1940's but I can remember going to a department store to see the toy displays and Santa. I remember one or two Christmas's where there was really just one gift I wanted. It's a childhood story told from the perspective of the grown child, of an earlier, simpler time. The holidays, and especially Christmas, can be a time of nostalgia and looking back.

    I'm not sure what you dislike about it but I enjoy it.
  3. deadcoldfish

    deadcoldfish Senior Member

    Santa Rosa, CA
    He's afraid he'll shoot his eye out.
  4. TeacFan

    TeacFan Forum Resident In Memoriam

    Arcadia, Ca.
    Two years ago, the Orpheum theater in Downtown LA ran a 35mm print on a Saturday afternoon. Had never seen the film so... enjoyed it with almost a full house of folk & their kids dressed for the Holidays.
  5. Gaslight

    Gaslight ⎧⚍⎫⚑

    Northeast USA
    He was the blind date!

    (Two golden Internets if you get the reference) :)
  6. nosticker

    nosticker Forum Guy

    Ringwood, NJ
    It's a leg!

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  7. ky658

    ky658 Senior Member Thread Starter

    Ft Myers, Florida
    I've just never understood the manic passion people have for this movie, it's not very funny, IMO.
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    Royce Senior Member

  9. driverdrummer

    driverdrummer Forum Resident

    Irmo, SC
    It's a very warm and cozy film to watch. It looks like something you would see in a run down theater near a mall in 1983.
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  10. jriems

    jriems Audio Ojiisan

    It's not like it's the most amazing movie in history or anything, but it's funny, clever, and harkens back to a simpler time. It's like the real version of a family at Christmas, not a pristine, sanitized, Hallmark Movie Channel version.

    If it doesn't resonate with you, it doesn't resonate with you. Perhaps there's some residual resentment at being forced to watch it, initially?

    Now, I do agree with the beat-it-into-the-ground effect that the annual TBS 24-hour marathon has had on the movie. I kinda wish they'd put that on hiatus for a few years.
  11. Taste is subjective. I also grew up on Rudolph,Grinch and other Rankin-Bass Holiday style productions and fi d it very amusing. I also liked Olive the Other Reindeer as well.

    It takes all sorts of humor to make the world go round so maybe this one just sent your cup of tea.
  12. Myke

    Myke Trying Not To Spook The Horse

    I've never felt the need to upgrade the VHS, since I haven't watched it in decades. I've never agreed with the mass hysteria either.
  13. RockWizard

    RockWizard Forum Resident

    My wife looks at me like an alien when I don't "get it". She gets all giddy when they show it all day. Oh well...........
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  14. GuildX700

    GuildX700 Forum Resident

    I don't really care much for it.
  15. musicfan37

    musicfan37 Senior Member

  16. ky658

    ky658 Senior Member Thread Starter

    Ft Myers, Florida
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  18. whaleyboy

    whaleyboy Senior Member

    San Diego, CA
    My wife and her family all watch Christmas movies every year. I am generally only up for one (I like It's a Wonderful Life).

    I have avoided seeing this one so far but I have seen a reproduction leg lamp and BB guns exchanged apparently in homage to this film.
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  19. Schoolmaster Bones

    Schoolmaster Bones Senior Member

    ‎The Midwest
    It must be hell for you.
  20. SMcFarlane

    SMcFarlane Forum Resident

    First time I saw this film, in my early twenties I think, I thought it was such a charming little film with many funny moments, and rather nostalgic for a time long since passed. With repeated viewing it hasn't faired so well and I find it a little corny and forced in places but the highlights still get me watching it again and again at Christmas. So many great bits of dialogue and narration. It's just cute.
  21. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    love the movie...we watch it every year...IMO it is far from overrated. a beautiful time long gone into oblivion.
  22. spencer1

    spencer1 Great Western Forum Resident

    What a goddam depressing grumpy bunch of people.
    I understand the arts being subjective, I understand not connecting with a film ... but hating it?
    It is a very, very well made film.
    Jean Shepherd's wonderfully written and delivered narration (his voice is perfect).
    Darren McGavin also perfectly cast, a little long in the tooth to have these little kids and this younger wife.
    Cranky, a bit exhausted and just wants some of that turkey.

    A kid's perspective through his adult eyes. Not a false note or a bit of cynicism.
    How refreshing is that?
    Shot on a budget and benefits from it. A big Hollywood production wouldn't have been nearly as good.
    Bob Clark used the success and money he made on "Porky's" to make the film he had long wanted to make.
    It's nearly perfect and if you don't dig it fine ... it's your loss.
    You can always watch "The Santa Claus" or "Jingle All the Way".

    How the critics view it ...

  23. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    yes, his want and desire for a Red Rider BB gun! watch it you may like it...just shut out the negativity.
  24. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    geez, the kid just wants a BB gun!...what's not to get? something quite normal back then...Boys will be boys...what kid wouldn't want one from that that era! But, as said in the movie and in real life..I too was told It'll PUT YOUR EYE OUT!?
  25. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    My wife and I both saw parts of our fathers in 'the old man'.
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