It’s that time of year! Time to start watching Christmas movies with the family. If you only watch one Christmas movie this year, why not watch the 1983 classic “A Christmas Story”? The main character in this movie is “Ralphie” a kid that wants nothing more than to have a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas. In the movie’s opening scene, Ralphie is peering at a store display in an Indiana downtown setting. There are many different toys and displays in the window, but Ralphie is fixated on the gun rack with multiple Red Rider BB guns on display. He’s a bit transfixed, talking to himself about the merits and features of this “rifle”.
I think the reason I like this movie so much, is that I was a lot like “Ralphie” at that age (9). The way he talks and daydreams about the Red Rider BB gun is something that I very much remember both when I got my first BB gun, and when I got my first rifle (a Ruger 10-22). This movie is chock full of hilarious scenes including:
- Father fighting with the furnace
- The “leg lamp”
- Changing the tire and the F-bomb, aftermath
- Tongue sticking to frozen pole
- Fantasy scene: protecting family from burglars with BB gun
- The many times “you’ll shoot your eye out” is said
Gavin’s Rating 5.0/5.0
In related local news, a Washington boy actually protected his mother with a BB gun! Yes, as if inspired by “A Christmas Story” – a brave young fellow shot a man who was attacking his mother. What was the weapon you ask? A Daisy Red Rider BB gun! After the boy shot the attacker in the face, the attacker stopped, and the boy and his mother were able to get away to safety. Way to go “Ralphie”! 🙂
You can read the full story on King5 HERE.