A Christmas Story Christmas is a love letter to the original classic. Fans of the 1983 movie will appreciate the many throwbacks and Easter eggs sprinkled throughout the film. Wondering if A Christmas Story Christmas is kid-friendly? I’m breaking down all of the thematic elements, including its PG rating, in my A Christmas Story Christmas Parents Guide and Movie Review. Here’s what parents need to know to help YOU decide if it’s appropriate for kids. As always, no spoilers!
A Christmas Story Christmas Parents Guide + Movie Review
Oh fudge! Almost 40 years later, Peter Billingsley returns in his iconic role as Ralphie. A Christmas Story Christmas gives us a good ol’ dose of nostalgic cheer this holiday season. If you enjoyed the original classic film, you’ll be greatly pleased because this is loaded with fan service.
Billingsley’s internal monologue narrates the sequel, just as Jean Shepherd did in its predecessor. If A Christmas Story marathons have become a holiday tradition with your family, this movie is really for you…the true fans.
Although A Christmas Story Christmas does have its fair share of laugh-out-loud moments, this film contains more emotion and heavier themes. It’s essentially a tribute to The Old Man, Ralphie’s father (Darren McGavin), who passed away. A Christmas Story Christmas shows Ralphie navigating his life without his dad, and throughout his processing, brings back childhood memories.
IS A CHRISTMAS STORY CHRISTMAS KID-FRIENDLY? HERE’S YOUR PARENTS GUIDE:
Will children enjoy A Christmas Story Christmas, or is this sequel more for fans of the original? Premiering on HBO Max, November 17, 2022, A Christmas Story Christmas has an MPAA rating of PG for language and some rude material/behavior. It has a runtime of 1 hour 42 minutes. Here’s what parents need to know before watching A Christmas Story Christmas with their kids.
There are low-key violent themes in A Christmas Story Christmas. Viewers can expect to see child bullies pushing and shoving other kids. Breaking and entering is also seen.
For a movie being rated PG, A Christmas Story Christmas had far too much language for my liking. Words used include: moron, stupid, Hell, damnit, turds, dumb ass, and damn.
There is a brief scene where a boy is flipping through a lingerie catalog. Going to a bar and drinking as a means to end emotional pain is shown heavily in A Christmas Story Christmas. One character has a hangover. The death of Ralphie’s father plays a key theme in the movie, which provides many emotional moments.
Although A Christmas Story Christmas is only rated PG, I wouldn’t suggest this is a film for children. The sequel is made for those who have grown up loving the original. This movie is truly for the fans, and it’s evident with all the nostalgia touches. I would recommend A Christmas Story Christmas for ages 12 and up, however, I’m not sure they would enjoy the movie. Perhaps if they’ve seen and enjoyed the original. But like I said, this one is 100% fan service.
A Christmas Story Christmas is a warm welcome this holiday season for fans of the original. From the return of many of the original cast, the throwbacks and Easter eggs, and Ralphie with his blue eyes and glasses, you’ll be transported back in time.
Although Ralphie is grown-up, it seems he’s always lived in the footsteps of his father, desperately seeking his approval. Now that his father has passed on, he’s lost. Ralphie goes through this emotional journey of reminiscing the past, and tying it into his future. A Christmas Story Christmas is a movie of self-discovery and acceptance.
Overall, A Christmas Story Christmas is a love letter to the original classic. Filled with nostalgia and loads of Easter eggs, fans of the original will walk away with a big smile on their faces! A Christmas Story Christmas is streaming exclusively on HBO Max, November 17, 2022. Don’t shoot your eye out!
A Christmas Story Christmas Synopsis
Ralphie is all grown up in this sequel to the annual holiday favorite in which he must deal with Christmas and all that comes with it, this time as a dad. Peter Billingsley returns to the role that has made kids of all ages anticipate Christmas morning like no other.
I HOPE YOU FOUND THIS A CHRISTMAS STORY CHRISTMAS PARENTS GUIDE AND MOVIE REVIEW HELPFUL FOR YOUR FAMILY. WILL YOU BE WATCHING?!
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