Our Holiday Favorites: 'A Christmas Story'


A Christmas Story Still PhotoWelcome to Holiday Favorites, a series in which Slackerwood contributors and our friends talk about the movies we watch during the holiday season, holiday-related or otherwise

I suspect that when most folks are asked what movie is most firmly ingrained in their lives, many would list The Princess Bride, The Godfather or even Scarface. For me it's my holiday favorite that I can watch the year round -- A Christmas Story. I never asked Santa for an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle like Ralphie (Peter Billingsley), but I did want a pink bunny suit -- even if it would mean that I would look like a "deranged Easter Bunny" in the words of Old Man Parker (Darren McGavin).

One of my little idiosyncrasies is throwing movie quotes into everyday conversation, and this film adaptation of the satirical recollection by late humorist and radio personality Jean Shepherd from his book of essays titled In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash is a cornucopia of memorable quotes. With recent temperatures across Texas dipping below the 40-degree mark, forcing Native Texans like me to bundle up, I've baffled many a companion by stating, "My brother Randy lay there like a slug -- it was his only defense." The word "fudge" has long replaced less appropriate profanity at times of duress.

A Christmas Story is loved by many including myself because fans can identify with the dysfunctional aspects of the lovable Parker family. Whether it's what to do when a holiday dinner doesn't turn out as planned to not getting the present that you really wanted and asked Santa to bring, this film represents both the love and the madness that fills many holiday seasons.

There are so many beloved moments in A Christmas Story -- Flick getting his tongue stuck and frozen to a flagpole, Randy eating his food like the piggies for Mother Parker (Melinda Dillon) -- but by far my favorite is when Ralphie and his pals are chased by the bullies. Watch this memorable scene below:

Want to watch? I am so excited that Alamo Drafthouse is featuring a Christmas Story Quote-Along on Monday, December 23. A Christmas Story was adapted into a musical three years ago, and you can catch the live performance at Zach Theatre's Topher Theatre through December 29. You can rent the movie at Vulcan Video, and it is available for purchase at most major retailers at this time of the year. A Christmas Story is also available to watch online via Amazon on Demand.