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Don’t toy with a classic

September 15, 2012
Marshall Independent

In the last couple of weeks I've noticed a movie trailer on the Yahoo homepage for "A Christmas Story 2." Yes, that's right, some type of sequel to the 1983 holiday movie that gave us the famous lines of "You'll shoot your eye out," and "I triple-dog dare you." Technically, there's already been a couple of sequels to "A Christmas Story," 1994's "My Summer Story," or "It Runs in the Family" (whichever name it goes by), starring Charles Grodin, Kieran Culkin and Mary Steenburgen. There's also a movie from 1998 titled "Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss," that was on television and starred Jerry O'Connell as Ralphie.

Now is Hollywood so hard up for movies that it would put out a sequel to a movie that came out almost 30 years ago? It's bad enough that TBS runs "A Christmas Story" for 24 hours straight around the Christmas holiday. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the movie and it's classic funny moments - dad battling the furnace, getting the leg lamp in the mail; Randy getting bundled up to go outside for school, Flick sticking his tongue on the frozen flagpole. (It's either 24 hours of that movie or Yule Log).

So I watched the trailer. In it, Ralphie and his buddies, Flick and Schwartz are older, around 16 as they're driving and drooling over girls. And instead of a Red Ryder BB gun, Ralphie wants a car for Christmas, a 1938 Hupmobile Skyline convertible. The only notable actor in the movie is Daniel Stern of "City Slickers." Braeden Lemasters is taking on the role of Ralphie.

During the trailer, we see little brother Randy dressing up in a sailor outfit that aunt Clara made (sorry, the pink bunny getup was funnier). Was this sequel really necessary? No wonder it's going straight to video. By the way, it will be available on Oct. 30. But despite the moaning and groaning about the trailer, I'm actually thinking of checking it out. I'm game for anything.

In my wander down the road of nostalgia, I've started watching "Anything But Love," the television show from 1989 that starred Jamie Lee Curtis and Richard Lewis. I?vaguely remember watching it when it was on, but now that I've started the first two seasons on DVD, I?realize how funny it really is. Too bad I?can't get seasons 3 and 4 anywhere yet, not even on YouTube.



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