The best (and funniest) moments from a Christmas story
If I got paid a dollar for every time I watched “A Christmas Story,” I’d probably be at least $50 richer. (For a kid like Ralphie who grew up in the 40’s, that’s nothing to scoff at.) I first saw the 1983 classic when I was about 4 and I have it watched on repeat with my family every year since.
Better yet, that usually means I go to bed on Christmas Eve with lines like “You’re going to blow your eyes out” and “Don’t forget to drink your Ovaltine,” which seem pretty festive to me on Christmas morning. But as hilarious as some of the lines are, “A Christmas Story” stands the test of time for many more reasons.
The film follows the story of a boy named Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) who wants nothing more in life than a Red Ryder airgun. As Ralphie endures an elementary school student’s struggles through winter break, he never stops dreaming of the BB gun. Between Christmas shopping and awkward family dinners, he even drops several hints — 28, to be exact — to his parents that he hopes to see the Red Ryder under the tree. Ultimately, the film is about the importance of family and enjoying each other’s company during the holidays.
From the ludicrous cast of characters – including Randy (Ian Petrella), Flick (Scott Schwartz), Schwartz (RD Robb) and Scut (Zack Ward) – to Ralphie’s internal monologues and his eagerness for Christmas Day to come, there’s a lot to tell This film that I have to repeat every year. Whether you’ve seen it 100 times or are still on your To Be Watched list, read on for some of the best and most nostalgic moments from A Christmas Story.