A Christmas Story
A Christmas Story
- 1h 38m
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It's the final days before Christmas in early 1940s Cleveland, and 9-year-old Ralphie wants one thing from Santa Clause more than anything else: a Red Ryder Carbine Action Air Rifle. As he trudges through the snow to school, faces the neighborhood bully and visits a malevolent department store Santa Clause, Ralphie connives, conspires and campaigns for the most fabulous Christmas present ever in this heartwarming, hysterical and sweetly nostalgic holiday film.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Both warmly nostalgic and darkly humorous, A Christmas Story deserves its status as a holiday perennial.
J. R. Jones
Shepherd provides the voice-over of the grown hero narrating, and his prominence on the sound trac...
June 22, 2017
Delightfully entertaining, with a wryly amusing narration to keep the adults in the audience smirk...
June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Wonderful antidote to cutesy holiday tales; some swearing.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Christmas Story has become a must-see holiday classic. Its 1940s setting offers an appealing sense of nostalgia, and it really gets what it means to be a kid at Christmas. That said, both kids and adults use and discuss strong language ("ass," "son of a bitch"), and one famous scene involves young Ralphie using the "F" word (though viewers hear the word "fudge"). Afterward, he's punished for swearing by having his mouth washed out with soap. Ralphie is also bullied and beats up his nemesis, then cries afterward. One child sticks his tongue on a flagpole on a dare and needs the fire department to unstick him. A scene set in a Chinese restaurant includes dated stereotypes about Asian people and their pronunciation of English.
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- Genre:Comedy, Family
- Release Date:November 18, 1983
- Highest Available for Purchase:HD