Weigh In: A Christmas Story


‘Tis the season to fight with your loved ones about movies.  An episode years in the making, A Christmas Story stands as one of the movies Nate and Ryan disagree on most strongly.  This movie is so widely beloved they show it for 24 hours straight each year.  Is this movie a tradition in your home?  How long have you been watching it?  What do you like about it?  Do you avoid A Christmas Story? What’s your favorite line?  If not A Christmas Story, what is your favorite holiday movie?  Let us know!

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  1. I don’t think I have ever seen this film. Should I?

    • I’d definitely recommend it, but then again its one of my favorite Christmas movies. Either way its become an undisputed holiday classic, so probably worth watching at least once. Watch it with us this week!

  2. There is nothing I don’t love about this movie. I work, “A+! +! +!,” “Daddy’s gonna kill Ralphie,” “I can’t put my arms down!,” “Fra-gee-lay,” “Oh, fuuuuuuuuuuudge,” and “it…it ’twas…soap POISONING!” into conversations as much as possible.

  3. Thanks for reminding me, I need to watch this soon. It’s probably our family’s favorite, right up there with Muppet Christmas Carol. One Christmas I actually gave my son the Leg Lamp! Also one Christmas Eve in Paris my daughter and I actually ate Chinese take out.

  4. This has been my constant issue with this film: it only survives through history by indoctrination.

    I didn’t grow up where this was a Christmas tradition, so the quotes and the blind adoration fall very, very short. I’ve seen this movie in its entirety more than once and what I’ve realized is it may touch a nostalgic chord for anyone who grew up in the era depicted in the film, but now it’s been a hand me down nostalgia wrapped in a Christmas ritual.

    And far too many people love this in the same way they love other movies I will never “get”.

    You’re Killin me Ralphie

  5. I think what I respect most about this movie (I love it for its eccentric humor) is that I feel I’m watching something completely unique. Its style, its setting, its art direction and costuming–I can’t think of another movie that has anything close to the same feel. And I can’t think of another movie that captures the era and culture so well (except, dare I say it, maybe “Rudy”). Most movies try to polish it up in some way, add more color to it. With “A Christmas Story”, I can smell the dry air of those old radiator-heated homes, I can taste the overwhelming starch of the mashed potatoes, I can feel the weariness in Ralphie as he trudges through a packed mall. It rings true in a way that no other movie depicting the 1940s of the Midwest does. Though…it’s not like I lived through that era, so I guess it just rings true to my imagination–and all the photos I’ve seen of those times and places.
    Scut Farkus, who was so terrifying to me as a kid, is another great example of the movie’s real-to-life qualities despite its over-the-top features. Like Alan White in “Freaks and Geeks” you hate him so much only to feel empathy for him later. It pulls off the adult-narrator-reflecting-on-his-life framing better than, say, “The Sandlot” (to use a movie you guys have critiqued); it captures kids’ perspectives well and adults’ perspectives.

  6. Looking forward to this fantastic movie review. Everything about this movie thrills me…how is that for superlative talk?!? I’m with you, Nate, PLEASE try to work quotes naturally into conversation. That game might even be better than the movie review itself.

    But seriously, this movie gets what it feels like to be a kid around Christmas. It captures the frustrations of parents at Christmas. The characters are so relatable, though trumped up in places, that your connection to them roots it deep down inside.

    I will forgive you all for not reviewing Home Alone this year and saving that one for next year, so that you can really build it up into its proper place in the Christmas Movie Pantheon.

  7. Once again, Ryan has landed himself on the naughty list. I must refer him to the fine (un)americans at HUAC (pronounced like a hacked loogie) and place him under super-secret-triple-threat status with the likes of those who’s names shall not be spoken. I have permanently transferred all investigative duties from GOC (sounds like choking on whip cream) to HUAC in an effort to root out the remaining “thems” and “theys” easily identified by there unrelenting non-liking of “A Christmas Story” and “The Sandlot.” Expect a phone call from me and my new side-kick, J. Parnell Thomas, who (because of his considerable IQ and cunning) may sound like a 5-year-old girl. Expect the rest and ignore the best.

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