A Christmas Story

Title: A Christmas Story
Year: 1983
Director: Bob Clark
Writers: Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown & Bob Clark, based on a novel by Shepherd
Starring: Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley, Ian Petrella
Music: Paul Zaza , Carl Zittrer
Distinctions: formerly on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: a boy’s Christmas in the 40’s
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), April 2008; on television any number of times
Subjective Rating: 7/10 8/10 (Great).
Objective Rating: 7/10 (points off for concept, cinematography and music) c. 3.1/4 (Very good).

I appreciated it as an adult a lot more than when I’d seen it as a kid. I’d always thought it was kind of dumb, but no, it’s actually clever and funny. It might be “family friendly,” but it is definitely not a children’s movie.

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