30 years since we first heard Ralphie‘s teacher, Mom, Santa, basically everyone tell Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) he was going to shoot his eye out with the Red Ryder BB Gun he so desperately wanted for Christmas…
30 years since Flick got his tongue frozen to the flagpole…
30 years since the neighbour dog ate the Parkers’ Christmas turkey so they went out for Chinese food…
30 years since The Battle of the Lamp when Ralphie’s parents fight over the lamp shaped like a woman’s leg wearing a fishnet stocking that Mr. Parker (The Old Man) had won that came in box marked Fragile or “Fra-gee-lay. That must be Italian”.
What is it about this movie that people love?
Because it portrays a simpler time?
It’s authenticity, haven’t we all had or heard conversations just like in this movie?
Waiting in line to see Santa?
Evading or fighting bullies?
Wanting something soooooooo badly?
Or the flat tire scene?
Flick with his tongue on the flagpole cause, well, he was triple dog dared to do it?
The heroic narration of the film with classical music to punctuate the epicness?
The pink bunny PJs which make Ralphie believe his Aunt Clara thinks he’s perpetually 4 years old and apparently, a girl? Or is it all of this and more?
Whatever it is, it works. Still funny after 30 years.Mrs. Parker: Randy, will you eat? There are starving people in China!
Randy: [groans and shoves spoon into his mouth]
My Mom, also Mrs. Parker used to tell us to eat our vegetables because children were starving in Africa…I was more than willing to send them my peas.