Wednesday, December 8, 2010
#5 Holiday Movie - A Christmas Story
“You’ll shoot your eye out?” (referring to Ralphie’s request for a Red Ryder rifle for Christmas)
“It’s a major award?” (the leg lamp)
“Nobody move. We’ve blown a fuse.” (Ralphie’s father)”
“Ohhhhhhhh fudge! But I didn’t say fudge.” (earning Ralphie a bar of soap in his mouth)
Although Jean Shepherd, the screenwriter, was from a generation earlier than my own, a lot of it resonates. The appliances in the Parker kitchen were very like the ones my mother cooked on, and my mother dressed like Mrs. Parker. I can picture black electrical tape wrapped around the tree lights and a spark or two when the circuit was overloaded. I knew kids stupid enough to do what Flick did, and I have personally tasted Dial bar soap for back talking my mother. And Christmas was cold. Not Great Lakes kind of cold, as in the movie, but cold enough.
This is a great family movie, and one that my husband and I enjoyed watching with our two daughters throughout their childhood and as recently as last year.