A Christmas Story Live!

A Christmas Story Live!
A Christmas Story Live!
  • UR
  • 3h 0m
  • 2017
Rotten43%
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A live musical event inspired by the holiday classic feature and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical production, A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE! follows nine-year-old Ralphie Parker, whose only dream is to get a Red Ryder Range Model Carbine Action BB Gun for Christmas. The three-hour musical event stars Emmy® Award nominee Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live, Bridesmaids), two-time Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick (How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, The Producers), Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, 30 Rock), Emmy® Award nominee Chris Diamantopoulos (Good Girls Revolt, Silicon Valley, Episodes), Ana Gasteyer (Saturday Night Live) and newcomer Andy Walken. Don't miss the holiday musical event with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, lyricists of La La Land's Oscar®-winning song, "City of Stars." Get festive with this perennial holiday favorite.

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Common Sense Says
Musical based on classic film is an OK update, but too long.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that A Christmas Story Live! is based on the Broadway musical that was in turn based on the classic 1983 movie about a young boy who wants a BB gun for Christmas. The setting is still 1940s Indiana small-town, but the cast has more diversity than in the movie, with characters of color in strong roles, and a subplot about a Jewish family joyously celebrating Hanukkah (and teaching Ralphie about latkes and menorahs). Viewers can also note that this production does update the notorious Chinese restaurant scene from the original. The show's female characters, however, are still stuck in the 1940s, with moms staying at home and complaining about shopping, cooking, and housework, while dads talk about the office. Women and girls (who look to be 10-12) are also given brief costumes for fantasy dance sequences when the boys wear "gangster" suits. Ralphie's classmates sing about him being a "wimp" when he won't fight his (much bigger) bully; they cheer when Ralphie finally pins the bully down and punches him repeatedly in the face. A scene in which a boy gets his tongue "stuck" after licking a pole may be upsetting to young viewers; parents may wish to stress that the boy's tongue isn't really stuck, a vacuum is sucking it in gently. "Smart ass" is repeated twice, and there is made-up cursing ("you goddingle dogs!") and a subplot about a curse word that we hear as "fudge" but Ralphie assures us was really the "f-space-space-space" word.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family
  • Release Date:December 17, 2017
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
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