From the Olate News:
“A Christmas Story 2,” directed by Brian Levant (“The Flintstones”) and written by Nat Mauldin (“Dr. Dolittle) from Shepherd’s stories, catches up with a now 15-year-old Ralphie, played by Braeden LeMasters of “Men of a Certain Age,” and stars Daniel Stern, the burglar from “Home Alone,” as the old man.
The plot shares the quest format of the original but – at least according to its press release description – little of its wry humor: “When 15-year-old Ralphie accidentally wrecks his dream car before even getting it off the lot, he and his friends Flick and Schwartz band together to raise the money to fix it by Christmas Eve.”
Like the original, the sequel is based on the writing of the late Jean Shepherd, and still my inner-child is screaming “WHY?!” at this idea. Do we need to have a sequel for every children’s movie or a live action adaptation of every well-loved holiday cartoon? Isn’t suffering through the horrifying big budget adaptation of How The Grinch Stole Christmas punishment enough? I don’t want to see Ralphie as a 15 year old. Ralphie will be forever nine years old and wearing a pink bunny suit from his Aunt Clara. Flick can’t fix a car! Flick can only lick frozen flagpoles!
I’m not ready for another movie that ruins another wonderful holiday classic. I’m not even ready for Christmas, despite the fact I have all ready seen decorations cropping up in craft stores and one of my kids recently told me of some new toy they want for Christmas. It seems like we get inundated with holiday-ness earlier and earlier, and I know my local drugstore will be replacing cheap latex masks and candy corn with tinsel and white fairy lights within a week after Halloween. Just in time for me to NOT go purchase a copy of A Christmas Story Two.
When will Hollywood learn that it’s okay to leave well enough alone? Why can’t we just enjoy the memory of Mr. Parker taking the family out to a Chinese restaurant after the Bumpuses’ dogs devour the family turkey with our kids during the holiday season when TBS airs A Christmas Story marathons in 24 hour periods?
A Christmas Story is a family tradition. It’s perfect the way it is. Instead of watching the sequel, which I’m sure will be an abomination, I’ll be enjoying the original film with my kids. But not until well after Thanksgiving.
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