The Oscar Project
Holiday film that annoys you the most
I know I’m going to get plenty of flack for this selection, but I absolutely can’t STAND A Christmas Story. Yeah, I said it. This film annoys the hell out of me! There is absolutely no reason to play this film back-to-back for 24 hours straight on Christmas Eve. Once would be enough for the entire holiday season and even that is probably too much. Don’t get me started on the fact that every holiday movie gets overplayed from the middle of November through Christmas Day. I get that we have hundreds of channels these days and they are all trying to fill air time, but enough is enough!
But back to A Christmas Story specifically. I honestly don’t get the appeal of this film. Maybe it’s supposed to be nostalgia, but I don’t have memories of just about anything in the film. Yeah, there are memories of spending Christmas morning with my family and the joy of finding out there was one special present left over that was the EXACT thing I’d been hoping for all year. But that’s about the only real connection I make to this film.
I will give credit that there are a couple funny moments. The “F--- word” scene is pretty classic and while I don’t think my parents ever washed my mouth out with soap, I was careful to never utter that word in front of them when I learned it. The leg lamp is another classic moment in the film, but I don’t quite get the point of it. The whole fact that the father seems baffled that something like that showed up on his doorstep in a huge wooden crate is a little beyond belief for me, even in a movie. It’s moments like that, ones that don’t really aid the overall flow of the story, that make the entire thing start to fall apart and feel a bit contrived.
Now, I’m sure there are plenty of other odd ball holiday films out there that people can’t stand. I want to know what they are and why you feel that way. Leave a comment below or shout out your selection on Twitter or Facebook.
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