A Christmas Story Christmas
Directed by Clay Katis
(2022, Warner Bros./Legendary Entertainment/Wild West Picture Show Productions/Toberoff ProductionsRotten Eggs Productions)
It’s been almost 40 years since Ralphie and the Hohman, Indiana gang have been on the screen albeit now on a streaming service (HBO Max). Something none of us in 1983 could have imagined.
Except for Ralphie, it’s now 1973 and he’s living in Chicago with his wife and two young children while attempting to become a published writer.
Ralphie and his family return to his hometown for Christmas where he meets up with his old pals Flick and Schwartz while his kids battle the next generation of the Farkus neighborhood bullies.
What could have been a schmaltzy, cheap cash-in on nostalgia, is actually a really sweet and endearing story hitting all the right emotional points, humor, and plenty of Easter eggs for fans of the original film.
Having most of the child actors from “A Christmas Story” return to their roles was a really nice treat and something that will have you checking IMDb to see if it is really them (it is).
Just like the original film, there are unexpected, highly emotional moments that will absolutely catch you off guard and for those of us old enough to have seen the first film during its original release, these moments hit just a little harder.
“A Christmas Story Christmas” is a truly great addition to this timeless classic, and is sure to be a regular pairing during the holidays for years to come.