Friday, November 11, 2011

The Best Christmas Movie EVAH

Our favorite Christmas movie of all time has to be A Christmas Story. It plays on cable TV every year, but we bought the DVD so we can watch it and cackle with glee. For some reason, I can't watch this movie in warm weather.  

November is here, and it's almost time to start watching it again...and again and again.

The family uses Fiesta Ware dishes in the movie. In this scene, the plates on the table aren't Fiesta, but you can see Fiesta in the green cupboard in the background. When they eat dinner in the kitchen, you can see Fiesta on the table.

The infamous lamp
You'll shoot your eye out, Ralphie

I know there are a million blog posts about this movie.  Here's one more!
The Old Man
Physical Characteristics: permanent scowl
Position in Family: fearsome leader
Fashion Statement: sweater vests, fedoras
Hobbies: swearing, furnace-wrangling, car tinkering
Secret Christmas Wish: to be left in peace so he can read the paper
Best Lines: 
"That son of a bitch would freeze up in the middle of summer on the equator!" 
"It's a clinkerrrrrrrr!"
"It's a major award!" 
"Fra-gee-lay. That must be Italian."
"You used up all the glue on PURPOSE!"
"Don't anybody move!" 
(Handy Man's favorite line): "Nottafinga!" 

Mom
Physical Characteristics: curly blond hair, frazzled expression
Position in Family: chief cook and bottle washer, peacemaker
Fashion Statement: house dresses, aprons
Hobbies:  Does this look like a woman who has time for hobbies?!
Secret Christmas Wish: a hot meal without interruption
Best Lines: 
"No, you'll shoot your eye out."
"That is...the ugliest lamp I have ever seen in my entire LIFE!"
"Don't want to waste electricity." 
"Show me how the piggies eat."
"This isn't one of those trees where all the needles falls off, is it?"

The green bowls are Fiesta
Randy
Physical Characteristics: whiny pout, vacant expression
Position in Family: the kid who won't eat
Fashion Statement: puffy snowsuits
Hobbies: whining; playing with food; following Ralphie around
Secret Christmas Wish: Unknown; seems happy with whatever Santa brings
Best Lines: 
"Meatloaf, smeatoaf, double beatloaf. I hate meatloaf."
"I can't put my arms down!"
"I can't get up! Ralphie, I can't get up!"
"Daddy's gonna kill Ralphie!"

Ralphie
Physical Characteristics: dazzling blue eyes, squeezable cheeks
Position in Family: long-suffering oldest child
Fashion Statement: round glasses, pink bunny pajamas
Hobbies: Little Orphan Annie radio show, sending away for radio premiums
Secret Christmas Wish: a Red Ryder carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle
Best Lines:
"My father worked in profanity the way other artists might work in oils or clay. It was his true medium, a master." 
"I want a red rider 200 shot carbine action range model air rifle with a compass and this thing which tells time built right in the stock."
"Only one thing in the world could've dragged me away from the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window."
"Randy lay there like a slug. It was his only defense!" 
"Only I didn't say FUDGE."
"Be sure to drink your Ovaltine. Ovaltine? A crummy commercial? Son of a bitch!"

Did you know: 
  • The house has hosted three weddings, one renewal of vows and two proposals.
  • "A Christmas Story” inspired the creation of “The Wonder Years” television show.
What about you? Do you like this movie?

15 comments:

Charlotte said...

I had never heard about or seen this movie until about 15 years ago and it was all my boss could talk about at Christmas time. It is a funny movie and I use the 'fudge' word sometimes :-)

Anna@Directions Not Included said...

LOVE it! We watch it non-stop all through the season. Love all the quotes you posted. Now I can't wait for it to be on again!

Kristin said...

Funny -- I've never seen this film! I see it on TV, but never watched the whole thing. I will have to try this year . . . our favorites (must see every year) are: It's a wonderful Life, Elf, Home Alone, and "A Christmas Carol" (Alistair Sim.) Of course, the kids have to watch all the cartoons, too. :)

Candice said...

Love this movie! It's been a tradition in my family to watch it every year on Christmas Eve for as long as I can remember. Many years ago I saw a hilarious string of Christmas lights that were all the leg lamp. I still kick myself for not buying them =)

YaYa *Cyndi* said...

I'm with Nicole on this one.. however, my nephew loved it.. I can still hear his laugh every time he watched.. he's no longer with us.. but this movie brings him home..so, I watch...

Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging said...

It's my favorite Christmas movie, too, although I choose to watch it only once or twice a season, for fear that I might overdose and lose my taste for it! Jean Shepherd is one of my favorite authors. I used to listen to him on the radio in NYC in the 60's.

That's how OLD I am.

I even saw the movie when it first came out. Who knew it would become a classic? For anyone who actually grew up in a time when you had to go into the winter weather with wool snowsuits, it's even funnier.

My favorite scenes are the tire changing scene, the Chinese restaurant song, the dogs in the kitchen, and of course, the flagpole incident.

Red Gate Farm said...

LOVE this movie... to be honest, I didn't actually see it until about 10 years ago when a co-worker loaned it to us... of course I never saw it's a wonderful life until then either. I grew up in the Rankin/Bass era (i.e. Rudolph) and really never watched Christmas movies until my kids got into them.

I love watching this movie and checking out all the era appropriate items... like jadite, fiesta, the old radio, cool old bathroom, etc.

~Chris

Cafe at Christmas All Year 365 Blog said...

I never watched that movie until I was married. My husband loves it and now I do too. We moved to Ohio 2 years ago (not near Cleveland). I plan once my youngest gets old enough (he's 2 right now) to know the movie, we'll visit there.

Controlling My Chaos said...

How sad is it that I've never watched this movie. It looks like I need to make it a point to watch it this year. Thanks for the highlights.

Lynn at Cottage and Creek said...

What a great post! I think the movie is hilarious and I never noticed the Fiestaware! I have a huge collection of it from my late husband's grandma so I'm a real fan of it. Now I can't wait to pop in the movie so I can see the Fiestaware. Too funny! Your commentary is great. Thanks for my early morning chuckle today!

Carol said...

It's a good movie! Love mums hair - think mine was like that once!

Julie said...

Soap poisoning!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

SOAP POISONING! great line, too. We also love Elf here. Will Ferrell is just so funny and goofy; we love that type of comedy. "I like smiling, smiling's my favorite!"

Barn Weddings said...

That lovely sexy lampshade was so cool. :D

Theresa said...

I found your blog via, Stylish Settings. I think it's a good movie. I like the lines about the "you'll shoot your eye out" and " I hate meatloaf". I'm now your newest follower. I would love a follow back.

Blessings,
Theresa

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