Ralphie is now all grown up and must deal with Christmas and all that comes with it…as a dad.
Runtime: 120 minutes
Genre: Comedy, Family
Stars: Peter Billingsley, Erinn Hayes, Zack Ward, Julie Hagerty, Mark Arnold, Scott Schwartz, R.D. Robb, Julianna Layne, Ian Petrella, River Drosche, J.R. Esposito, Chris Jarman, Sam Parks, Henry Miller, Ian Porter, Owen Davis, Derek Morse, Davis Murphy
Director: Clay Kaytis
thepeculiarpalette - 13 January 2023 I'm so glad someone did it. I rate this a 9 compared to all other Christmas movies that I've seen. I've watched a ton of them and kind of hate myself a little each time I do because they are so cheesy and sappy. This is the movie I needed to feel better about myself. Two sisters, one super upbeat who loves Christmas and the other grumpy and hates it. The upbeat one wishes she could be in a perfect Christmas movie and her wish comes true, and the grumpy one is forced to come along too. The upbeat one is in heaven from all of the perfectness and sweetness that is typical of a Hallmark type Christmas movie and the grumpy one is in hell because it's nauseating (this is the one I relate to). The sap and cheese is so over the top, like Hallmark on steroids. I'm guessing that's what they were going for. It's hilarious! Finally, something different than all the formulated ones where you can figure out how the movie is going to end in the first 5 minutes. I highly recommend if you can handle spoofing on your beloved typical Christmas movie.
MariaLBD - 8 January 2023 A Charming Sequel As a devotee of the original movie, I didn't know what to expect. Would it be a cheesy remake? Would I be sorely disappointed? I loved the first one so much that I had to check this one out. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised. It has callbacks to many of the key scenes of the original movie but puts enough of a twist on each one so that they're not just pathetic repeats of the original movie. The casting is great -- both the new cast (mom, wife, and kids) and the old (Flick, Schwartz, Scut, Randy). The nostalgia of 1973 is just as touching as the nostalgia of the 1940s was in the original. I loved how Ralph, Flick, and Schwartz had all matured into adults but still retained some of their childhood personalities. (Other movies would have them outright behaving like children.) I'm not sure if the movie would be enjoyable for someone who hasn't watched the original -- and watched it enough times to remember every scene -- but for fans of the classic A Christmas Story, I highly recommend giving this a watch.
MyMovieTVRomance - 4 January 2023 This is how you do family movies and the magic of Christmas! Wow! I've actually rated some of my top-favorite movies lower than this, but this was done with such respect for the original, that I can't help but rate it highly. In fact, I think this one has even more Christmas spirit in it than the first one- and thus I love it even more.
Whereas the first one was more of a comedy with growing pains and the harshness that kids can put each-other through, this one is somehow much sweeter, replacing the growing pains of impending puberty that was felt throughout the first film, with a pure-of-heart innocence of the eternal inner-child, which filled this film with perfectly toasty nostalgia!
My only gripe is that I missed the dad, but even in his physical absence, he was all over this movie in spirit- and that feeling of missing him was essential to the heart of the movie anyway- so well-done!
What a beautifully old-fashioned, lovely family film, filled with heart and the spirit of Christmas!
A new favorite, a new classic!
By the way, who else loved the 1970s/1980s style Warner Bros. Logo this movie opened with? I mean, what a nice touch! With this movie, I really felt like I was transported to a simpler time, and like I was part of that loving family.
I loved this movie!
bullymomma - 3 January 2023 I would shoot my eye out before watching this again I don't understand all the good reviews, this was a horrible movie. I understand not recasting Darren McGavin, he's irreplaceable but they shouldn't have recast Mrs. Parker, her character was just as iconic. The whole thing was just a sad version of the original. The only good scene was the 2 kids getting revenge on the snowmobile bullies and the clips of Darren McGavins voice. I fortunately watched this after Christmas, it was so depressing watching the hot mess that was grown up Ralphie it would have ruined the real Christmas shows. I'm just glad I was able to watch on a free trial, if I had paid to watch this mess I would be livid.
BlondeHQ - 3 January 2023 Damn, son of a bch! I stuck here as Ralphie here on movie, in front of typewriter.. I'm writinn this with soap in my mouth..
Should've keep that words for the end of review..
This is how you doinn sequal!
It's just great!
It's just unbelievable how is so much the same!
And yet stand on it's own,
and brings same holiday atmospeher,
it's the same house, same note!
I'm trying to find words how to describe,
but I simply can't..
It's like you watchin sometinn identical,
and yet it's like whole new..
Has all, fun, excitment, brings that home holiday vibes, now this even a lot of emotions, but and laugh..
But above all, same feelinn!
Ah you know, it's..
Damn I stuck here as Ralphie here on movie,
in front of typewriter,
and it's just so much emotions, feelings, words, which I wanna share, but they simply won't go out!
I can only tell what it is,
same movie, great, like it ain't sequal,
it just passed time,
just now kids became adults,
and the thing that is the most fascinating is Ralphie,
how he looks like he just aged, and even that fine,
it's the same kid, same voice, same behavior,
same everything, how !?
In the end,
when holidays comes, add on that 1:20h+,
add 1:40h+ more to watch!
And to get more of that feelinnn!
Now if you'll excuse me,
I have to back soap in bathroom..
(Btw it's 2023, it's liquid..)
thisguyjones - 1 January 2023 A love letter to Dads and the Hollidays Perhaps I was already full of emotion, having watched this during the holidays, but this movie got to me in a good way. Touching and poignant. Full of sentiment for fathers and both the joy and stress that the holidays can bring. A touching tribute to Darren McGavin and the whole cast of the original film. Fun to see most everyone back, albeit many years later. Perhaps not quite as magical as the first but is a worthy spiritual successor with lots of good moments. The only thing missing would be the original narrator who voice has been replaced by Peter Billingsly, who is fine, but the original voice would have been a welcome through line.
tomeastridge - 1 January 2023 Gets Better Each Time I absolutely love this sequel. The work that went into every detail to be sure this followup did the original film justice is incredible. Although it certainly makes the film a bit more entertaining if you are familiar with the original "A Christmas Story" film from 1983, this film stands very well on its own. The big plus to this sequel is that the producers were able to assemble the original main child actors 40 years later to reprise their roles. This film has some great moments of comedy. Peter Billingsley does a great job as the now grown Ralphie while Julie Hagerty does a wonderful job in the role of Mrs. Parker, formerly portrayed by retired actress Melinda Dillon. What a wonderful feel-good tribute to the original film that gets better with each viewing.
kevin_robbins - 1 January 2023 This does a great job of bringing back the nostalgic feeling from the first film A Christmas Story Christmas (2022) is a movie my daughter and I recently watched together on HBOMAX. The storyline follows Ralphie returning home with his kids to celebrate Christmas with his parents. Just as he arrives home his father passes away. Ralphie will reconnect with some old friends and work with his wife and family to bring the magic of Christmas to his children and make his father proud.
This movie is directed by Clay Kaytis (The Angry Birds Movie) and stars Peter Billingsley (A Christmas Story), Peter Billingsley (Bill & Ted Face the Music), R. D. Robb (A Christmas Story), Julie Hagerty (Airplane I & II) and Zack Ward (A Christmas Story).
The narration is perfect and helps capture the magic of the first film. They also did a great job with going back to the original film locations and bringing back so many of the original cast members. It was fun seeing the return of Black Bart and the Christmas window sequence. The snowball fight was a lot of fun, the Christmas carolers scenes were hilarious, and the ending was perfect.
Overall, this does a great job of bringing back the nostalgic feeling from the first film. I would score this a solid 8/10 and recommend seeing it once.
gbill-74877 - 31 December 2022 In a word, awful As much as I love the original film, this sequel, catching us up to Ralphie in middle-aged and with a family of his own, is terrible. It's sorely, sorely missing the writing of Jean Shepherd (book and screenplay), and possesses very little charm, or even cohesion. The film tries find its way into comedy, sentimentality, and serious reflection on Ralphie's dad who has recently passed away, and falls short in every category. The subplot with Ralphie trying to get his book published is tedious, the drunken adults slamming into objects while sledding is cruel, and the way clips from the first film are integrated is artless to a comical degree.
Everything revolves around Ralphie, with lip service paid to grieving for his dad (the tone for which is way off), and nothing meaningful happening with the characters of his wife, mother, or children. Peter Billingsley running around a mall at age 51 looking like Barney Rubble, fielding calls from publishers, or breaking into his old buddy Flick's bar is just not compelling, especially when compared to him at 12, with memories of childhood trials and tribulations. It was interesting to see some of these actors 39 years later but the script and the way this was put together was awful. Even the title is awful. Everything is awful.
skbtzx - 30 December 2022 Nostalgic, and a fitting sequel to its predecessor I went in to this very skeptical of how it would match up to the original. While the 1983 film manages to capture the magic of Christmas and the mystery of childhood life, this movie shows us the adult perspective in just as magically. I feel kids will always love the original, while adults can better appreciate older Ralphie. That did, as children age they will undoubtedly appreciate this film as well.
Either way, this will become a new yearly Christmas film in my home.
It's a bit slow to start, but once it gets going you'll laugh and laugh.
Bravo Peter Billingsley and all the original cast that returned. Thank you all for making this film.
hannahb-56182 - 30 December 2022 Predictable and Pitiful Wow, I mean a lot of recently remade or sequel-ed movies have not been great, let's be honest. Hocus Pocus I'm looking at you. But, I personally think this one is the worst, at least of the ones I've seen.
I feel like the sake of this movie was literally just to get the original cast together regardless of how well the plot/movie actually was.
I think the biggest problem I had with it was having a bunch of older adults acting like kids, and making this feel incredibly PG. And now, I know the first movie is for families, I understand. But, the first movie centers around actual children doing children things. Whereas this was adults doing those same children things, and it was just weird.
I like the idea of a bunch of childhood friends getting together and recreating their youth, but to an extent.
I wish these secondary movies/shows would try to be original. That's what made the first ones SO GREAT, because they weren't like anything else. Having them reuse plotlines is boring. Having them reuse taglines is funny the first time, but not any time after that. Come up with something better. That's all I ask.
brooksidebro - 28 December 2022 Surprise sequel that hits the mark! I watched the movie expecting to see a train wreck. It started slowly but made progress towards making this a stand alone movie. The ability to use the original characters all grown up, used the same spirit as the original. Swartz and Flick did what normal childhood kids do, talk smack. Ralphie's character although true to the original didn't try to act like a kid. Julie Haggarty a replacement made a solid performance. We still will watch the original every Christmas and add this movie as well. I'm certainly glad all holiday movies aren't remade or sequeled. The writers and directors made a solid stand alone movie. You won't regret it.
phillip-181 - 28 December 2022 A Christmas Story Christmas for the Ages This is NOT A Christmas Story told over. And a rarity a movie's planned holiday celebration gets crushed by a father's death right from the get-go. Plenty of room for a dark, morose script/screen play to beat the viewers into submission from any happiness at all.
But the writers don't go there. Instead, Ralphie Parker, now as an adult (done so well, again, by Peter Billingsley) leads us into a journey reminiscing some of the best scenes from the original but not so much as to use it for a crutch.
And some new takes on the old bad boys from the original movie create many heartfelt moments in this rendition. That said, Ralphie's failure as an author (a recurring theme in the story) and his ultimate redemption makes the story so lovable. Good tears well up if you have a heart. I must have a big heart.
Viewers should embrace how the family ultimately comes together for this Christmas. Expect big surprises particularly in the latter part of the film. Fully embrace the ones that will twist this beloved story of the past into a must-see for all Christmases in the future.
robotikarm - 28 December 2022 Pretty good movie It would be impossible to live up to the classic, but this movie holds its own. It was nice to see so much of the original cast return and find out where they ended up as adults. The biggest thing missing from the movie was the "Old Man" and the movie does it's best to honor him. The movie does revisit some of the iconic scenes from the original in the form of flashbacks to help jog your memory if you haven't watched it in awhile. It is still an enjoyable movie to watch if you haven't seen the first one. I don't know if we will watch this every year like the original, but it's definitely worth adding to the Christmas movie rotation.