The classics, like A Christmas Story (1983) are called classics for a reason. It's damn near impossible to recreate that good 'ol feeling again. Of course, that hasn't stopped the movie industry time and time again from trying to cash in on a popular title more than once (30 years later) with unnecessary sequels. Movies.com reports, A Christmas Story 2 is coming our way via DVD and Blu-ray, and unlike previous unspecified sequels to the original, this one claims to be the sequel on its cover.
And much like The Hangover II this sequel will count on gags from the original film to solicit laughs: the leg lamp, the unfortunate kid costume, the goofy kid brother and best friends, and the ill-advised gift Ralphie must have. In fact, older Ralphie (not played by Peter Billingsley) wants a 1938 Hupmobile Skyline Convertible this time. Apparently, the Red Ryder BB gun is kids' stuff now.
And just when I thought no legit actors would attach his or her name to this travesty, Daniel Stern (Home Alone, Diner) plays the father figure made so famous by the late Darren McGavin. This movie is more proof that nothing in Hollywood is sacred or off limits.
This unfortunate Blu-ray/DVD will arrive on store shelves on October 30th, and sadly someone out there will buy it. And although I watch the marathons every holiday season and have seen the original over a million times, I have zero desire to treat myself to a follow-up of this nature. It seems more like a spoof than a real film.
I admit, though I cannot wait to see a trailer to roll my eyes at, because this movie will undoubtedly be as bad as it sounds.