A Christmas Story
Directed by Bob Clark. US. 1983. Ages 6+. 98 minutes.
Sponsored by Carnevale Eustis Architects
Sat., December 11, 2010
A Christmas Story grasps the full scope of childhood injustice and obsession. Amid the comically cranky Santa Clauses and tree-lighting mishaps, the movie’s key moment is a Billingsley crying jag, prompted by a fight with the neighborhood bully and the fear that his dad will clobber him. The affection audiences feel for A Christmas Story is related to the holiday spirit, yes, but specifically to director Bob Clark and writer Jean Shepherd’s awareness of how the true meaning of Christmas manifests in the real world, where a warm meal on a cold, dark dayand a surprising moment of parental gracecan ease a troubled mind. (Noel Murray, The Onion A.V. Club)