Comedy, 95 Minutes, 1983
[My daughter recently discovered that all her Jewish friends go the movies on Christmas day. She came up with the idea of watching a movie for each night of Hanukkah. This is number seven! Apparently we’re perfectly fine celebrating Hanukkah by watching a Christmas classic.]
Apparently this movie came up today while my son was at school. One of his friends had never seen it so we decided to watch it. So we gathered the family, a handful of friends and sat down to one of the very few actually timeless holiday classics. There’s nobody that doesn’t like this movie, right? Right?
As we’re watching the movie another friend of mine shows up late. Here’s the conversation:
“We’re watching ‘A Christmas Story’ – but it’s almost over.”
“Oh – that’s good. I can’t stand that movie. I’ve never been able to sit through it.”
“I said ‘A Christmas Story’ – Ralphie and the Red Ryder BB gun. I’m not sure what you’re thinking of.”
“Yeah – that’s the right one. It’s just too silly and stupid. I can’t watch it. It’s like ‘I Love Lucy’ – it’s just too stupid to watch.”
“Wait a minute – ‘I Love Lucy’? You know that both of these things are pretty much universally loved and adored, right?”
“Well – I think we just have different tastes.”
So apparently there are people that don’t like it. I’d never met one until today but the fact that one exists tends to strengthen the argument that there are more. I highly suggest that you be on your guard around such people. They are clearly suffering from some kind of high-functioning mental defect. You may not want to trust them with sharp objects or house pets.