Monday, August 20, 2012
LOS ANGELES — You’ll shoot your eye out when you hear this news: “A Christmas Story,” the beloved 1983 yuletide comedy that families watch for eggnog-fueled catharsis, is getting a direct-to-DVD sequel.
A sardonic take on the all-American holiday, “A Christmas Story” followed 9-year-old Ralphie Parker’s pursuit to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. The movie from “Porky’s” director Bob Clark and writer and radio host Jean Shepherd attained cult status over the years, thanks to 24-hour marathon TV broadcasts.
“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.”
News of the sequel inspired snowball throwing on the Internet: entertainment site IGN called it “the gift you never even asked for”; Game zone.com declared it “an abomination.”