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* AdaptationDisplacement: Jean Shepherd left behind a vast body of other work about his childhood, but only diehard fans are even aware of it, or of his long career as a radio personality.
** Not to mention, it's almost completely ignored (most notably in the DVD commentary) that ''Film/AChristmasStory'' is but the THIRD screen adaptation from the Ralphie Parker stories, following the made-for-TV movies ''The Phantom of the Open Hearth'' (1976) and ''The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters'' (1982), both of which had elements filtered into this film. Shepherd would bring Ralphie to the screen three more times, in the TV movies ''The Star-Crossed Romance of Josephine Cosnowski'' (1985) and ''Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss'' (1988) and the theatrical ''It Runs in the Family'' (1994), though his death mercifully prevented any involvement in the almost completely hated ''A Christmas Story 2''.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Was the mall Santa and his elves too harsh towards Ralphie and the other kids or were they just really tired and wanted the store to close so their shift can end?
** He also might be under specific instructions to discourage kids who ask for anything potentially dangerous. Parents might complain otherwise.
* CultClassic: It has a strong cult following for its great humor and is viewed as a Christmas classic.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: What do you remember and love most about this film? The leg lamp? The bunny suit? The tongue on the flagpole? Nope, you probably remember the delightfully LargeHam that ''is'' the Old Man.
* FanonDiscontinuity: ''A Christmas Story 2'' gets this treatment from virtually everyone.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Bob Clark was also the director of the original ''Film/BlackChristmas1974''.
** The top battling subplot in one of the sequels is oddly reminiscent of ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}''.
*** [[OlderThanTheyThink It's the other way around]]; ''Beyblade'' is a modern update of the top battles kids used to stage back then.
** The "Soap poisoning" scene is already hilarious, but it's even more so if you're familiar with ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare''.
* ItsPopularSoItSucks: TNT and later TBS's twenty-four hour MarathonRunning of the movie from 8:00 p.m. has generated this to the point of HypeBacklash.
* MemeticMutation: "You'll shoot your eye out!", "FRAH-GEE-LEY. Must be Italian.", "Drink More Ovaltine", "I ''triple dog dare'' you!", etc.
** Also notable: "It's a ''[[SeriousBusiness major award]]''!"
** "NADDAFINGAH!!"
** Saying "fudge" instead of swearing.
* NarmCharm: Two words: "Soap poisoning."
* OneSceneWonder: Jeff Gillen as the department store Santa Claus. "HOOOO HOOOO HOOOOOOO!"
* OpinionMyopia: If you didn't [[NostalgiaFilter grow up with]] this movie, and even remotely ''imply'' you don't like it, expect 1.) the fan's heads to explode at the mere thought of someone not adoring this classic, and 2.) rip you to shreds for it.
* {{Sequelitis}}: The 2012 DTV sequel has been widely panned, [[FanonDiscontinuity even by fans who forget that it released.]]
* SlowPacedBeginning: First ten minutes are forgettable and pretty slow, with long gaps in the narration and very long shots of toys and kids pressing their noses against windows.
* SpecialEffectFailure: The soap they washed Ralphie's mouth out with was a glossy plastic prop that didn't look anything like soap.
** Lifebuoy may just be employing TheRedStapler at this point, but their current bar certainly looks just as plastic [[http://www.lifebuoy.com/Resources/Images/Total10-Barsoap-Hover.png in its marketing]].
* WeirdAlEffect: If someone brings up Ovaltine nowadays, it will most likely be because they remembered it from this movie.
* ValuesDissonance: Christmas dinner at the Chinese restaurant... let's just say this scene hasn't exactly aged well.
** DeliberateValuesDissonance: It ''is'' set in the 1940s, after all.
** Should be noted that the manager (who speaks perfect English) is visibly annoyed at his staff's stereotypical singing and repeatedly tries to correct them.
** Despite the scene being considered racist, some Chinese restaurants actually ''do'' act the scene out as a gag to customers during the season.
** A nine-year-old having a toy gun that is both realistic looking and a functional (if ineffective) weapon is practically unheard of in an age of school shootings, although toy guns have been controversial for decades. The alleged inspiration for the original story was an encounter with a woman wearing an anti-toy gun pin in the early 1960s.
** When Ralphie blames Schwartz for [[spoiler: a swear word he said]], we listen to Schwartz' mother scream at the top of her lungs and begin beating her son over the phone, while he pleadfully yells "What'd I do?!?" Even Ralphie's mother looks horrified listening to it, but she simply hangs up the phone.
** For that matter, these days, most families wouldn't wash a kid's mouth out with soap for saying a swear word anyway, partially because soap poisoning really ''is'' a possibility, depending on the kind of soap. In most families, that would probably get you either a stern talking-to, or, in a more laid-back family, you'd get let off with a warning since Ralphie let the word slip out by mistake when he was frustrated.
* TheWoobie: Poor Flick.