A Christmas Story is one of the most beloved holiday movies of all time. It has aired in marathons on cable every Christmas Eve. Its merchandise has adorned many houses over the years. Its quotes have become part of everyday speak. Yet it wasn't a massive hit at the time, only becoming a staple through numerous home video releases and broadcasts. But it's endured, even becoming a Broadway musical. Still, multiple sequels have come and gone with little fanfare, at least until now.
Peter Billingsey, who has spent much of the last two decades behind the camera, reprises his role as Ralphie in the oddly titled A Christmas Story Christmas. Now a grown man with a family of his own, he returns to his hometown to celebrate Christmas with his mom (Julie Hagerty, who replaces the retired Melinda Dillon). Unsurprisingly, a lot of his childhood anxieties - including a run-in with his actual bully - put a damper on the festivities. But will he find a way to ignore the stresses of holiday obligations and celebrate what really matters? It's a straight-to-streaming holiday movie. What do you think?
A Christmas Story Christmas will stream exclusively on HBO Max starting November 17.