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->''"Christmas was on its way. Lovely, glorious, beautiful Christmas, around which the entire kid year revolved."''

Based on humorist Creator/JeanShepherd's autobiographical short stories, directed by Creator/BobClark, and narrated by Shepherd himself, the 1983 film ''A Christmas Story'' lovingly and hilariously depicts a childhood Christmas in [[TheForties 1940s]] America.

Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) wants one and ''only'' one thing for Christmas: a BB gun. It's not just any BB gun he wants, either; his heart is set on an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle with a compass in the stock (and [[BuffySpeak this thing which tells time]]). But his mother, his teacher, and even the [[MallSanta department store Santa]] tell him, in an ever-deepening refrain, "You'll shoot your eye out!" In the meantime, we're treated to numerous amusing episodes involving Ralphie, his parents (Darren [=McGavin=] and Melinda Dillon), his kid brother Randy (Ian Petrella), and various other inhabitants of Hohman, Indiana.

The film, which was primarily drawn from material in Shepard's 1966 book ''In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash'', has come to be embraced as a perennial holiday favorite. It eventually spawned a play, as well as two "sequels": the made-for-TV ''Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss'' and 1994's ''Film/ItRunsInTheFamily'' (aka "My Summer Story", not to be confused with the Creator/{{Kirk|Douglas}}/Creator/MichaelDouglas collaboration), both of which are notable in that none of the original film's cast members are in either of the others (save actress Tedde Moore [Miss Shields], who appears in the latter). A DirectToVideo sequel called ''A Christmas Story 2'' was released on October 30th, 2012. You can watch the trailer for it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Bed8rNx-Sw here]]. A ''much'' better-received ScreenToStageAdaptation went to Broadway that same year, followed by another national tour the next holiday season. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Christmas_Story:_The_Musical Information can be found on]] Wiki/ThatOtherWiki, of course.

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[[folder: The original 1983 Movie]]
* AdultsAreUseless: Played with. While the kids are aware that their parents care for and love them, they also know there are some things you do as kids that they'd best not find out.
--> '''Ralphie (narrating)''': (responding to a teacher's attempt to guilt her class into confessing what happened to Flick) Adults loved to say things like that but kids know better. We knew darn well it was ''always better'' not to get caught.
* TheAllegedCar: The Old Man's 1937 Oldsmobile.
* AluminumChristmasTrees:
** There really ''are'' Red Ryder [=BB=] guns, but (as of 1983) none that match the ''exact'' description given.
** Also for some, Lifebuoy soap. While they don't advertise like they used to (they used to sponsor ads at several baseball stadiums, which tended to get vandalized), it's been continually produced since 1894.
** While it's most associated with this movie, the "Drink More Ovaltine" ring decoded message was a very real thing that dates all the way back to the 1930's. And now Ovaltine is [[https://www.facebook.com/OvaltineUSA/app_605197776211854 cross-promoting with the movie]].
* {{Angrish}}: To keep the film kid-friendly, strings of profanity are rendered as vaguely obscene-sounding gibberish:
** The Old Man's string of profanities when battling the furance.
** Mrs. Schwartz’s frenzied screeching while beating her son.
** Ralphie flies into this when beating Scut.
* AnnoyingLaugh: Farkus' EvilLaugh qualifies.
* ArcWords: "You'll shoot your eye out," a warning of what may[[spoiler:, and does,]] happen if Ralph were to get the BB gun.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Even though the film is set in Indiana, there are multiple references to Higbee's, a defunct department store chain based in Ohio. (In fact, the scenes were actually shot at Higbee's flagship in Cleveland.)
* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: The kitchen staff at the Chinese restaurant sing Christmas carols with JapaneseRanguage. The manager is [[StopBeingStereotypical embarrassed]] and interrupts them to try to correct their pronunciation.
* AsideGlance: Ralphie looks straight into the camera and grins after tricking his mom into believing that an icicle, rather than his BB gun, was what hit him in the face.
* BarbaricBully: Scut Farkus.
* BehindTheBlack: Farkus surprising the three by hanging upside down in the schoolyard. A little hard to see both how ''anyone'' didn't notice he was there, or what he was hanging upside-down from.
* BerserkButton:
** Mrs. Schwartz doesn't take too kindly to finding out about her son's supposed swearing.
** The Old Man has SEVERAL. (His furnace, his car, his kids' roller-skates, the Bumpus' dogs). Oddly enough, when the dogs invade the house and eat his beloved turkey, The Old Man just wearily tells his family to get dressed to go out to eat.
* BerserkerTears: Ralphie while beating Farkus to a bloody pulp.
* BigNo: Ralphie, after Santa pushes him down the slide upon telling him that [[RunningGag he'll shoot his eye out with a Red Ryder BB gun.]]
* BigOMG:
** Mrs. Shields, when she learns where Flick is the hard way.
** Also, Ralphie: "Oh my God, I shot my eye out!"
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: When Ralphie gets his BB gun and fantasizes about shooting the villains, the black guy gets shot first.
* BrickJoke: When Ralphie writes his "What I Want For Christmas" essay, he says that a football wouldn't be a good present. Later, when he's on Santa's knee and choking when he's asked what he wants, Santa suggests a nice football.
* BuffySpeak: The "Red Ryder carbine-action, two hundred shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and ''a thing which tells time''."
* TheBully: Scut Farkus, and to a lesser extent, [[TheDragon his toady Grover Dill]].
* BumblingDad: The Old Man, played masterfully by Darren [=McGavin=]. He does strange things and is a bit detached, but you can tell he genuinely loves his family.
* ButtMonkey:
** Flick, Farkus's most frequent target as well as the poor sap that gets his tongue stuck on a pole.
** Ralph whenever he falls victim to the response of "You'll shoot your eye out!" ''every time'' he requests a BB Gun as a Christmas present, and a few other letdowns as a result of him being a habitual daydreamer.
** Randy whenever he is pressured into wearing an incredibly thick snowsuit.
** The Old Man, on account of how he always falls victim to having to deal with something going wrong with mechanical devices, with the exception of one item; and having to be the victim of dozens of a neighbors' dogs always intruding.
* CassandraTruth: Mrs. Schwartz correctly deduces that Ralphie learns the F-word from his father, yet his mom still insists it was from Schwartz himself, despite hearing The Old Man swear as much as everyone else.
* ChangeTheUncomfortableSubject: Ralphie's mom uses football to take the Old Man's mind off of Ralphie's fight.
* ChekhovsGunman: The Bumpus' hounds. They're minor, amusing annoyances--until they destroy the turkey.
* CloudCuckoolander:
** Ralphie, especially when Miss Shields has to snap him out of his daydreaming.
** The kid in the aviator helmet waiting in line to see Santa. He creeps Ralphie out.
* ClusterFBomb: Averted through heavy use of [[GoshDangItToHeck euphemisms]], but repeatedly implied.
-->'''Ralphie (narrating)''': In the heat of battle, my father wove a tapestry of obscenities that as far as we know is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan.
* CoolDownHug: How Ralphie's mom ends the beat down he gives Scut.
* CompetitionCouponMadness: In order to get the coveted Little Orphan Annie decoder ring -- which is required to decode the show's secret message -- Ralphie must send in an ungodly number of Ovaltine labels. He collects these labels religiously, drinking Ovaltine far past the point where he's come to hate the stuff, until finally he's collected enough and sends away for the decoder ring. When the ring arrives in the mail, he uses it to decode the secret message, which reads: [[spoiler:Be sure to drink your Ovaltine]].
* {{Corpsing}}: Melinda Dillon and Darren [=McGavin=] struggle not to laugh during the soap poisoning scene, and a couple of times, [=McGavin=] and Dillon hide their faces in their hands to cover up the fact that they're laughing instead of over the top crying.
* CreatorCameo:
** The man who directs Ralphie and Randy to the back of the line to see Santa is Jean Shepherd (and the woman in the red hat next to him is Shepherd's co-writer and RealLife wife Leigh Brown).
-->'''Man in Line for Santa:''' Young man. Hey, kid! Just where do you think you're going?
-->'''Ralphie:''' Going up to see Santa.
-->'''Man in Line for Santa:''' The line ''ends'' here. It begins ''there''.
** Also, director Bob Clark as Swede.
--->'''Swede:''' Hey, Parker, what is that?
--->'''Mr. Parker:''' Don't bother me now, Swede, can't you see I'm busy?
--->'''Swede:''' Yeah, but what ''is'' that?
--->'''Mr. Parker:''' I-i-i-it-uh-It's a Major Award!
--->'''Swede:''' A Major Award? Shucks, I wouldn'ta knowed that. It looks like a lamp.
--->'''Mr. Parker:''' It IS a lamp, you nincompoop. But it's a Major Award. I won it!
--->'''Swede:''' Damn, hell, you say you won it?
--->'''Mr. Parker:''' Yeah, mind power, Swede; mind power.
* CreepyChild: The kid with the goggles. "I like Santa."
* CurbStompBattle: Ralphie finally snaps and beats the tar out of Farkus while [[ClusterFBomb unleashing a string of profanities.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: The Old Man's reaction to Ralphie's bunny pyjamas. "He looks like a deranged Easter Bunny..."
* DisappointedInYou: Mrs. Shields discusses and tries to invoke this after Flick is freed from the flagpole, having correctly deduced that his classmates coerced him into getting stuck to begin with.
* DoomItYourself: The Old man doesn't give the glue on his Major Award time to dry before he puts the shade on it, wrecking it beyond recognition.
* DroppedGlasses: Ralphie drops his glasses when confronted the last time by Scut Farkas. His brother picks them up while Ralphie pummels Scut. Ralphie also manages to [[spoiler:shoot them off his face with the Red Ryder.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: In his DVD commentary Bob Clark admits that the ending is fuzzy and sentimental, but given the emotional rollercoaster the main characters spent the movie riding on and the irreverent tone of the rest of the film, the ending acts as a deserved redemption.
* EightiesHair: Ralphie's mom. Bit of AnachronismStew.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Even the callous mall Santa makes the effort to warn Ralphie, "[[RunningGag You'll shoot your eye out!]]" with a BB gun.
* EvilLaugh: Farkus.
* EyeScream: Everyone repeatedly tells Ralph he'll "shoot his eye out" if he gets a BB gun. Ralphie thinks he may have actually done that when he plays with the gun, [[SubvertedTrope but finds out that it only broke his glasses and didn't harm his eye.]]
* FacePalm: The Old Man's reaction to both the pink bunny costume and his wife cooing over it.
* FallGuy: Flick, one of Ralphie's friends, is left to Farkus' mercy several times. (At one point, when his tongue becomes stuck to a metal pole, his friends even leave him stuck outside, and the authorities have to remove him from the pole.)
* FatSuit: Tedde Moore was pregnant during filming [[note]]the child grew up to be frequent {{Music/Drake}} collaborator [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/40_(producer) 40]][[/note]], so she [[HideYourPregnancy wore extra padding to hide it]] and make Miss Shields look more full-figured.
* FeetFirstIntroduction: The pink bunny suit. The camera starts at Ralphie's feet, and pans up.
* FeudingFamilies: The Old Man vs. The Bumpuses.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** [[spoiler:Everyone keeps warning Ralphie that if he gets that BB gun, he'll shoot his eye out. He ''does'' get the BB gun for Christmas... and the first time he shoots, the pellet ricochets back into his face.]]
--> '''Narrator''': [[spoiler:Oh my God, I shot my eye out!]]
** When the workmen bring the crate into the house and set it upright, the Old Man warns them to be careful. "Watch the lady!" Interesting considering they were delivering the only conflict that the couple has to handle between them during the film.
** The FRAGILE warning on the crate the lamp was delivered in.
* FlippingHelpless: Ralphie's little brother is dressed up in so many layers for the Indiana winter, he can't get back up when he falls down. Comes in handy when the boys run into Scut Farkus for the first time.
--> '''Narrator''': Randy lay there like a slug. It was his only defense.
* TheForties: The time-period in which this film takes place.[[note]]This brief shot [[http://www.flickstongue.com/pics/022_acs_021_date_2.jpg of a license plate]] suggests that the movie specifically takes place in 1940.[[/note]]
* FreakOut:
** Ralphie's beatdown of Farkus.
-->"Something had happened. A fuse blew and I had gone out of my skull."
** Mrs. Schwartz on the phone....CarefulWithThatAxe-type shrieking, {{Angrish}} & and an [[AbusiveParents epic beating]] that's PlayedForLaughs.
* GenerationXerox: Ralphie and his father are more alike than it initially seems.
** Both employ a long list of expletives whenever they lose their tempers.
** Both are very excited when they believe they have won a particular prize.
** Ralphie is pretty cynical for a kid, and it seems he gets it from his old man, who can also be a bit grumpy.
* GenkiGirl: Esther Jane in the stage show.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: After the Old Man gets his nuts squashed with his Christmas gift, a bowling ball, he announces what he got to the room.
--> Well, it's a ''blue ball!''
* TheGhost: The Bumpuses, again.
* GoodParents: Oh so very much.
* GoshDangItToHeck:
** The father is a notorious curser, but his vulgar tirades are rendered in the film as meaningless {{Angrish}}. Some of his dialogue that did contain swearing was redubbed after an initial review by the MPAA. For example, right before the tire blows out, the Old man says "dad gummit," but those who can read lips can see him say "goddammit."
** Later {{lampshade}}d in the scene in which Ralphie helps his father change a flat tire. After the nuts get knocked out of the hubcap he was holding, he shouts out "Oh, fudge!" Only, as he points out [[{{Narrator}} himself]], he didn't actually say "fudge".
--->"It was ''the'' word! The big one! The queen mother of dirty words... The "[[PrecisionFStrike F]]-[[SymbolSwearing dash-dash-dash]]" word!"
** From the store Santa: "If Higbee thinks I'm working one minute past nine he can kiss my foot!"
* HappilyMarried: Not even the "Legendary Battle of the Lamp" can permanently derail Ralphie's parents. One of the final scenes is them both marveling in the play of the Christmas lights on the falling snow, arm-in-arm.
* HairOfTheDog: On Christmas morning, the Old Man is rubbing his head and grimacing as if he has a hangover. Apparently a morning bottle of wine is a Christmas tradition at Ralphie's house. After a glass of wine, he is back to his usual self.
* HeroicBSOD: After Santa Claus, Ralphie's final hope at getting a Red Ryder BB gun, tells him he'll shoot his eye out, Ralphie is left staring blankly up at the ceiling until his parents come find him.
* HomemadeSweaterFromHell: Not technically a sweater, but Ralphie's homemade bunny outfit counts.
* HonestJohnsDealership: The tree salesman comes across as this, given some of his sub-par trees.
* HypocriticalHumor: When the family is leaving to get a Christmas tree, the mom goes inside to turn off the leg lamp, explaining to the Old Man that she doesn't want to waste electricity. Cut to a shot of the house with every other light left burning.
* ImagineSpot: Many.
* InnocentBlueEyes: It's kind of hard to ignore Ralphie's bright blue eyes throughout the course of the film, especially considering the narrative.
* InnocentSwearing: Subverted, then double subverted. Ralphie knows exactly what, ahem, "fudge" means, but considering he's only imitating his father, one could say he should get off the hook. [[spoiler:Which he does after beating up Farkus, during which time he was swearing profusely.]] Inverted with Schwartz; in no way is his swearing innocent. The third word out of his mouth is a swear word, for goodness' sakes.
* InstantSoprano: The Old Man, after his Christmas gift (a bowling ball) is unceremoniously dumped onto his tender bits.
* IntentionalEngrishForFunny: The singers at the Chinese restaurant clearly have very little skill with English phonetics.
* IrisOut
* ItsPronouncedTroPAY: Inverted when Dad reads the outside of the crate containing his newly-arrived Major Award.
--> '''Dad:''' Ah. "Fra-gee-lay"...that must be Italian.
--> '''Mom:''' I think that says "fragile", honey.
* ItsTheBestWhateverEver: In narration, Ralphie declares that the leg lamp "was, indeed, a lamp", and refers to it as "the soft glow of electric sex". Mr. Parker can't stop raving about the lamp himself.
* {{Jerkass}}: Farkus, big time.
* JapaneseRanguage: The staff caroling in the Chinese restaurant. "Tis the season to be jorry. Fa ra ra ra ra, ra ra, ra, ra". May be an in-universe joke, since the manager [[StopBeingStereotypical yells at them for doing it]] and they immediately switch to "Jingle Berrs".
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The Old Man.
* KarmaHoudini:
** After Flick refuses to say who pressured him to stick his tongue on the pole, Ms. Shields tries to play their inevitable guilt as punishment enough. Ralphie's narration then smugly notes that this is an utter crock and all kids know it.
** Zigzagged with Schwartz. He doesn't suffer consequences for triple dog daring Flick into getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole since Flick refused to tell the teacher who put him up to it (though it seems like the teacher knows it had to be either him or Ralphie). On the other hand, while it is unconnected to the previous incident,Schwartz later gets an unexpected beating from his mother when [[spoiler: Ralphie falsely tells his mother that he learned the F word from Schwartz instead of his father, which also makes his father a KarmaHoudini]].
* LargeHam: Again, the Old Man.
** '''NADDAFINGA!!'''
** '''SHADDAP''' RALPHIE!
** DON'T A-NY-BO-DY MOVE! HOLD IT RIGHT THERE! A '''FUSE''' IS '''OUT'''.
** SONSABITCHES!! '''BUMPUSES!!!!'''
** '''TONIGHT! TONIGHT! IT'S COMING TONIGHT! TONIGHT-TONIGHT-TONIGHT! HOT DAMN TONIGHT!'''
** YOUUU USED UP ALL THE GLUUUUE ON '''PURPOSE!!''' has to be Darren's HAMMIEST line. Just look at his face when he says it!
** [[TheBully Farkus]] with his EvilLaugh.
** ''Everybody'' during Ralphie's fantasy daydreams. Ms. Shields is a particular standout ("A Plus-Plus-Plus-Plus...!"), as are the parents' [[TearsOfRemorse reactions]] to "Soap poisoning".
* {{Leitmotif}}:
** The Bumpus Hounds, with "Chicken Reel" of all things.
** And Scut Farkus with the Wolf's theme from ''Music/PeterAndTheWolf''. (Interesting side note: "Farkus" comes from the Hungarian word for wolf.)
** The first time Scut shows up, Ralphie and his brother and pals are accompanied by the Little Bird's theme from that same piece. And the fast-motion RunningGag of the kids getting chased by Scut everyday is a bit of ''The William Tell Overture''.
** Ralphie's ImagineSpot of rescuing his family from Black Bart finds him accompanied by "On the Trail" from Grofé's ''Grand Canyon Suite''.
* LemonyNarrator
* LiterallyPrizedPossession: The leg lamp is a "major award" that Ralphie's dad wins in a contest and proudly displays in the window. It's a ridiculous lamp, but he prizes it simply because he won it. Also, the Orphan Annie decoder that Ralphie eats so many boxes of cereal for turns out to be nothing but an advertising gimmick, leaving him disillusioned.
* MallSanta: Bigbee's mall Santa and his elf helpers are particularly disgruntled, either because all of the children scream when placed on his laugh or as the cause of it.
* MatchCut: Used for particularly humorous effect; a scene transitions from Randy lifting the lid of a toilet and getting ready to use it to a close-up of the mother lifting the lid off a pot of unappetizing boiled cabbage.
* MoeGreeneSpecial: The reason everyone's afraid to buy Ralphie the BB gun he wants.
* MrImagination: Ralphie.
* MyBelovedSmother: Ralphie's mother at times, particularly in regards to his little brother.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After having his mouth washed out with soap, Ralphie has a daydream where he's blinded from soap poisoning. When he reveals the cause of his blindness to his parents, they amply [[TearsOfRemorse break down and cry]].
-->'''The Old Man:''' I told you not to use Lifebuoy!
* MyLittlePanzer: "You'll shoot your eye out!"; although, at [[TheEighties the time the movie was made]], ''Boys' Life'' magazine was ''still'' running ads for BB guns in every issue.
* MyNewGiftIsLame:
** Ralphie receives a pink bunny suit from his aunt for Christmas.
** Ralph and Randy also don't care for socks.
* {{Narm}}: Done intentionally during Ralphie's imagination sequences. [[invoked]]
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: "Oh, fudge!" ''Only I didn't say "fudge"...''
* NeverTrustATrailer: The original [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMJJNdO36MA 1983 theatrical trailer]] makes it out to be more of a crude, broad anti-Christmas comedy than the warmly nostalgic entertainment it actually is. (This may actually have helped contribute to the movie's poor box office performance, as families with kids were scared away from seeing it to begin with and teenagers were disappointed by its failure to live up to the raunchy promise of the trailer.)
* NiceCharacterMeanActor: The mall Santa is a cynical guy who's purely in it for the money and is planning to leave the second his agreed shift is over. However, [[EvenEvilHasStandards he does warn Ralphie that a BB gun will shoot his eye out when he asks him for one.]] The elves are even worse, being openly mean to the kids.
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: The film, and the stories it's derived from, are set in fictional Hohman, Indiana, which is a slightly disguised version of Jean Shepherd's real-life hometown, Hammond, Indiana.[[note]]For one thing, there's a street in Hammond called Hohman Avenue.[[/note]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Ralphie delivers a ''brutal'' one to Farkus.
* NoNameGiven: Mrs. Parker doesn't have a known first name, and Mr. Parker is only referred to as "The Old Man", even in the credits.
* NoodleImplements: Admittedly minor, but it's a "Red Ryder carbine-action, 200-shot, range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and a '''thing that tells time'''". What kind of ''thing''? Is it a clock or a sundial?
* NoPeripheralVision: When the teacher asks where Flick is after he stuck his tongue to the pole. The camera shot over her shoulder reveals that Flick was right there, out the window, right within her range of vision.
* NostalgicNarrator: Voiced by Jean Shepherd himself.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: One interpretation of the Chinese restaurant scene suggests the carolers were slipping into JapaneseRanguage on purpose, either to get a rise out of their boss or to cheer up the Parkers after their Christmas dinner was ruined.
* ParentheticalSwearing: Ralphie, when he drops the hubcap full of lug nuts:
-->'''Ralphie''': Oh fuuudge!
-->'''Adult Ralphie''': Only I didn't say ''fudge''; I said '''the''' word, the big one, the queen mother of all dirty words, the "F-*-*-*" word!
-->'''Mr. Parker''' [shocked]: What did you say?
-->'''Ralphie''': [[HesitationEqualsDishonesty Uh, um...]]
-->'''Mr. Parker''': That's what I thought you said... Get in the car, go on!
* {{Pastiche}}: The original poster art is done in the style of a Creator/NormanRockwell ''Saturday Evening Post'' cover, including putting ''A Christmas Story'' in the same font as the ''Post'''s nameplate.
* PekingDuckChristmas: After the neighbors' dogs eat Mrs. Parker's turkey, Mr. Parker takes them to a Chinese restaurant, where they eat Peking Duck (though Ralphie calls it "Chinese Turkey") and sing carols with the owners.
* PhraseCatcher: Everybody tells Ralphie, "You'll shoot your eye out!" when he tells them he wants a Red Ryder BB gun.
* PrecisionFStrike:
** Ralphie says, "Oh... fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuudge!" when he drops the lugnuts, though the narration clarified, "[[NarrativeProfanityFilter Only I didn't say "fudge.]]"
** "Ovaltine? A crummy commercial? Son of a ''bitch''!"
* ProductPlacement: A ShowWithinAShow example with the decoded message. "Be sure to drink your Ovaltine." In RealLife, the ''ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie'' radio show [[TruthInTelevision DID have sponsors for Ovaltine on its show,]] and yes, they sent out decoder rings, but the secret messages weren't Ovaltine commercials. Peter Billingsley was already famous for being "Messy Marvin," the spokesperson for Ovaltine's competitor, Hershey's Chocolate Syrup (his commercials even call Ovaltine out). So this was also a bit of a meta-joke.
* RageBreakingPoint: After putting up with Farkus' crap all movie, Ralphie getting a snowball in the face on an already bad day is the last straw.
* RandomEventsPlot: Aside from the overall theme of Christmas approaching and Ralphie wanting the BB gun, the film is basically just one individual vignette following another.
* RedRightHand: Farkus's yellow eyes; Grover Dill's green teeth.
* TheRemake: While not a direct remake, several elements of the film were reused from Jean Shepherd's previous made-for-TV films about Ralphie Parker. 1976's ''Phantom of the Open Hearth'' includes a lengthy subplot about the Old Man's leg lamp, which was largely repeated (with only small alterations) for this film. Likewise, that film sees one of the Old Man's buddies being abandoned by his friends in the midst of a bad situation - a subtle inspiration for Flick's tongue/pole saga. The 1982 follow-up film, ''The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters'', sees the first on-screen usage of 'You'll shoot your eye out' when Randy wants fireworks. Allegedly, an almost entirely unknown and never aired telefilm produced in 1978 for ABC contains many elements later used in this film, including the birth of "Ohhhhh, fudge" (albeit spoken by Randy). More of ''Phantom of the Open Hearth'', specifically Mom's gravy boat catastrophe, ended up in the 1994 theatrical sequel ''It Runs in the Family''.
* {{Retraux}}: Not really overtly so, but the film definitely has a style that's much more like a classic Hollywood production than something from TheEighties, including things like using [[{{Wipe}} Wipes]] and [[IrisOut Iris Outs]] as transitions. Peter Billingsley has said that one time a woman told him he looked like Ralphie but knew he obviously couldn't have been since [[NewerThanTheyThink the movie was made in the '40s]].
* RewatchBonus: There are a ''lot'' of little details going on in this movie that are easy to miss, most of them very funny.
* RuleOfThree:
** Two kids put small gifts on the teachers desk... followed by Ralphie bringing in a giant fruit basket, accompanied by a brief bit of Hawaiian steel guitar in the incidental music.
** How many times Ralphie is told that he'd shoot his eye out with the Red Ryder BB gun.
* RunningGag:
** The kids getting chased by Scut and Grover to and from school, with Randy lagging behind both groups.
** Ralphie being told, "You'll shoot your eye out!"
* SycophanticServant: Grover Dill is an embryonic, non-supernatural example.
* SafetyWorst: Ralphie's mom overdresses his little brother to the point that he can't move his arms, just to protect him from catching a cold.
* SeriousBusiness: A recurring theme, as the narrator explains a number of quaint anecdotes with humorous hyperbole to show how deadly important everything seems to be to a young boy.
** The narrator explains the rules of daring among the schoolboys. He notes that Schwartz makes a breech of etiquette by going from "double dog dare" to "triple dog dare," skipping over "triple dare." For his part, Flick reacts as if he has no choice but to comply with a triple dog dare, showing the gravity of the situation.
** Ralphies admission into the Little Orphan Annie fan club and decoding her secret message, entirely captivated by the marketing campaign.
** Ralphie's whole obsession with the [[NumberOneDime Red Ryder BB gun]].
* ShotInTheAss: In Ralphie's ImagineSpot about driving off a gang of robbers with his BB gun, he shoots one trying to escape right in the ass.
* ShoutOut:
** Or possibly TakeThat, to ''ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie'' among others.
** ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' pops up from time to time, understandable considering the time period the film is set in as well as the fact [[MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]] is responsible for both films.
** ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' also appears in the window display, as it was released a year before ''Wizard of Oz''.
* ShownTheirWork: The flag atop the pole that Flick sticks his tongue on has 48 stars, since the story is set a couple decades before Alaska and Hawaii became states.
* SoapPunishment: Happens to Ralphie frequently enough that he has become "quite a connoisseur of soap".
* SpitTake: Mrs. Parker tries the Lifebuoy soap, and realizes that she really doesn't like it.
* StopBeingStereotypical: The manager of the Chinese restaurant is fairly embarrassed and annoyed when his employees try to sing Christmas carols and [[JapaneseRanguage have a little trouble with the "Ls"]].
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Everyone, from Ralphie teacher to the crass mall Santa warns Ralphie, "You'll shoot your eye out!"
* StupidStatementDanceMix: TBS made a set of these using clips of the film's most popular scenes, and uses them during their perennial marathon.
* {{Tagline}}: Peace. Harmony. Comfort and Joy... Maybe Next Year.
* {{Taps}}: Ralphie's Old Man buries the broken lamp in the back yard. Ralphie couldn't be sure, but he thought he heard Taps playing.
* TalkingLightbulb: The first time Scut Farkus appears, he's taunting the main characters from behind a fence. The fence slat he's hiding behind wiggles to indicate that's where the sound is coming from.
* TearsOfRemorse: In Ralphie's fantasy, he dreams that his parents burst into tears in remorse for blinding him with soap.
* TongueOnTheFlagpole: One of the most famous examples.
* TWordEuphemism: "It was ''the'' word! The big one! The queen mother of dirty words! The "F [[SymbolSwearing dash dash dash]]" word!
* {{Undercrank}}: In the ImagineSpot with Ralphie shooting the bad guys, they are in fast-motion. Also, the scene where Ralphie turns in his paper begins and ends with fast-motion scenes of the boys running to and from school, complete with chipmunk voices.
* UnfortunateNames: With a name like "Scut Farkus", ''you'' might have become a bully, too.
* UnnamedParent: Neither of Ralphie's parents are named; they're referred to as "my mother" and "my old man" throughout.
* UnReliableNarrator: Ralphie as an adult will sometimes describe things from the naive perspective of his younger self, such as swearing that Scut Farkus had yellow eyes. Ralphie also describes his childhood terror of being "destroyed" by his father, when throughout the film the father is the more indulging parent, while the mother is the disciplinarian.
* UnstoppableRage: Ralphie flies into one when he finally snaps at Farkus.
* WhamLine:
-->'''Narrator:''' [[spoiler:Oh my God, I shot my eye out!]]
** Prior to that, a more heartwarming one [[spoiler:when it looks like all of Ralphie's efforts have been for naught:]]
-->'''The Old Man:''' [[spoiler:Hey, what's that behind the desk over there?]]
* WhiteElephant: The pink bunny pajamas that Ralphie receives from his Aunt Clara.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude:
** Discussed by the narrotor: "What kind of parents would name their kid 'Scut?' Still, I had to admit, the name suited him."
** Flick's name is rather curious, though it's never explained whether this is a first name, a nickname, a last name or part of his last name. Shepherd based Flick on a RealLife childhood friend whose last name was Flickinger.
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[[folder: A Christmas Story 2]]
* ContinuityNod: Plenty to the first move, the "Oh Fudge" slow motion, dealing with yet another rude mall Santa, an embarrassing outfit from their aunt, and of course, the infamous leg lamp.
* {{Determinator}}: Despite numerous setbacks, Ralphie does his best to try to earn the money for the damages to the car. [[spoiler:It pays off in the end, when the car dealer lets him off the hook for exactly this reason.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Raphie rapidly banging his cymbals after smelling Drucilla's hair.
* ImagineSpot: Not as frequent as the first movie, but Ralphie has at least two of them.
* MallSanta: Even worse than the first film; Ralphie calls him out on it.
* RidingIntoTheSunset
* StalkerWithACrush: Ralphie has a crush on a girl named Drucilla. One disturbing facet about this is that he also brings up her lavender scented shampoo. Errr...
* StockSoundEffect: ''Baby Kate Cry'': Variant: A group of people were rushing trying to get attention at once, including one of the women with her baby in a basket, which was crying until Ralphie wrapped it as a present.
* TimeSkip: Six years after the first movie.
* WorkOffTheDebt: The main conflict of the movie. Ralphie accidentally damages a car while messing around in it and trying to rise the money to get it repaired.
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