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Countdown to Claus: A Christmas Story (1983)


Christmas just would not be the same without it.

Ralphie (Peter Billingsly) is part of the all-American family in the 40’s trying to survive the Christmas season. It is also his quest to finally get from the big man himself what he’s been wanting and been warned about for so long…an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. Hey, he said it best.

Come on now! You had to know that this was coming around sooner or later. This is basically the definitive classic film for Christmas and it only gets better with age, considering I remember always watching this way back when I was still hanging out in my Superman undies on the 24th of December.

The reason why this film works so well is because it’s so damn memorable. I mean almost every line of dialogue is something everyone all over the world still remember to quote and even the events that happen as well are memorable as hell too. Who doesn’t want to go to a Chinese place on Christmas? Who doesn’t want that leg-lamp? Also, who doesn’t want a damn BB-gun for Christmas? These are only a couple of things that are memorable, but they aren’t the only ones I can promise you that.

I think the best part about this flick is that it really hits some reality points, especially if you’re a kid because a lot of what goes on here and said here, is actually how a kid is. Ralphie is just like any kid during Christmas time: he wants presents, he tries his hardest to stay on the nice list, and he day-dreams all day about getting good grades in class and having the whole class lift him up over their heads. I always thought like that as a kid, and in other ways still do but it’s just easy to say that if you’re a kid now watching this, you will see a lot to relate to and realize that you are not alone in the way you act. Then again, I don’t think any little kids are reading this anyway.

I don’t know where all of the stars in this film went because everybody here is memorable and perfect for their roles. Peter Billingsley at least directed the terrible flop ‘Couples Retreat’Darren McGavin kept on doing his own thang for awhile, even appearing as Billy’s dad in ‘Billy Madison’, but tragically died in 2006; and Melinda Dillon kept doing on doing whatever the hell it is that she was doing but the last time I saw her in anything was in ‘Magnolia’ and even then I had to look up who she was. Yes, three random-ass films like ‘Couples Retreat’, ‘Billy Madison’, and ‘Magnolia’ all share something in common.

The reason why this flick is just such a classic is because it just brings me on home some of the nostalgia that I love seeing in any film. This just reminds me of hanging around my house, drinking some egg nog and getting in the whole mood and spirit of Christmas which I always truly love. This is definitely a flick that will love on for as long as Christmas goes on for and I’m proud to call this one of my all-time favorite films no matter what.

10/10=Full Price!!

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

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13 responses to “Countdown to Claus: A Christmas Story (1983)

  1. Mike December 25, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Good movie, I didn’t see it as a kid unfortunately but I still enjoyed it.

    I think my all time favorite Christmas movie is still Die Hard though!

  2. Morgan R. Lewis December 25, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Absolute classic, and a perfect choice to end your countdown. Merry Christmas!

  3. Dan December 26, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Nice review Dan. This film doesn’t play half as well in the UK as it does in the States.

  4. fogsmoviereviews December 26, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Nice. Definitely needed a 10/10 Dan, and I’m glad you gave it up. :D

    A great film. True classic. Its no accident it made its way into being such a part of everyone’s holiday tradition…

    Nice one Dan!

  5. Joe Wilhelm December 27, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Great movie, a most view every Christmas. This film NEVER gets old. I have to watch this, Christmas Vacation and Elf every year to get me into the holiday spirit. It’s A Wonderful Life is up there too.
    Nice review.

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