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CHRISTMAS STORY, A

What to know: More than anything, nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants a "Genuine Red Ryder Carbine Action Two Hundred Shot Lightning Loader Range Model Air Rifle.
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Recommended age 8-12
93 minutes
DVD
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Provocative, especially among boys. Many felt their parents would act the same if they asked for a gun. The 1940s setting evoked discussion about different values and points of view. Long. Inappropriate for younger kids.
This is a movie everyone can relate to; our recommendation is for ages 10 and up. The boy's situation is timeless and captures the essence of childhood in the 1940s or 50s. It raises issues about peer pressure, especially among young boys. The quirky family members are easy to relate to. It is based on the autobiographical novel, "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash," by Jean Shepherd who also narrates the film as the adult Ralphie. Be forewarned, it contains some strong language, some mild aggression and the idea of promoting a gun as a gift may be troubling in today's culture.
More than anything, nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants a "Genuine Red Ryder Carbine Action Two Hundred Shot Lightning Loader Range Model Air Rifle." Standing between him and the gift of his dreams are two parents opposed to his acquiring a rifle.
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