"You'll shoot your eye
out, kid." A Christmas Story, released in 1983,
was, as the name might suggest, a Christmas comedy.
The movie was based on the short stories of author Jean
Shepherd, from his book In God We Trust, All Others
Must Pay Cash. The movie starred Peter
Billingsley as Ralphie Parker. Although the film
received mixed reviews at the time, in hindsight, its
popularity and favorable consideration has gone up
considerably. It is now considered a cult classic,
and is often aired on TV and cable around Thanksgiving
and Christmas with regularity.
In the movie, 9 year old Ralphie Parker
has only one Christmas wish, and that is to receive the
Red Ryder Carbine Action 200 shot Range model BB gun.
Everyone is against it, explaining that he will end up
shooting his eye out. On Christmas morning,
Ralphie is disappointed to find he does not receive the
BB gun after opening all his gifts...until, his father
tells him about one last package, and indeed, it is his
gun. The first thing he does is go outside to
shoot it, and ends up destroying his glasses in the mean
the main theme throughout the movie is Ralphie's desire
to get the BB gun, there are a number of noteworthy
subplots, including Ralphie's struggle with the
neighborhood bully, Scut Farkus, and Ralphie's father's
struggle with home maintenance. Many of you will
also remember the ladies lingerie leg lamp that
Ralphie's father won in a contest, and how it
"accidentally" gets destroyed.