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actually there are 7,
This review is from: A Christmas Story 2 (+ Ultraviolet Digital Copy) (DVD)
do people realize there are 7 movies about this family. so it's not like this is some sort of thing that noone should touch. it fact many were done before Christmas Story, and noone really complained about the others. then again i guess the titles of the other weren't Christmas Story. that alone I guess will get people in a huff. I won't give it more or less then 3 stars tell i see it, cause i like to stay objective.
the others btw are:
1976 - The Phantom of the Open Hearth - Ralph is attending the prom. Yes, the TV films were all about a teenage Ralphie. This one also gives us the original film versions of the leg lamp story and the Orpheum dish-night fiasco, and the amusing build-it-yourself house story. It's my least favorite of the Ralphie films to watch though, because it's a bit depressing and probably the hardest to acquire a good copy of today, but still very enjoyable. Never released officially on VHS or disc. Ralph is played by David Elliot here, and the Old Man by the wonderful James Broderick. Mom is played by Barbara Bolton.
1982 - The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters - Matt Dillon plays Ralph in this one! It's probably my favorite of the Ralphie movies outside of "A Christmas Story". In it, Ralph goes on a disastrous blind date, marches in the 4th of July parade with his school band, and gets tangled up with Schwartz in a picnic race against their weasely buddy, Flick. Meanwhile, Mom takes up a washrag chain-letter, neighborhood drunk Ludlow Kissel surprises everyone with a firework from hell, and the Old Man puts on a fireworks display to thrill the masses. It's a must-see on every 4th of July for me, along with 1776, The Patriot, and Johnny Tremain. Great fun! James Broderick and Barbara Bolton return in this one. A wonderful, heartwarming holiday film. Sadly, another that's still only available under the table.
1983 - The Star-Crossed Romance of Josephine Cosnowski - Another delightful one here. Teenage Ralph finds his first serious love in his new Polish neighbor, Josephine, but at her family's big Thanksgiving celebration he learns how serious a few dates can be with some families, and it's escape now or wind-up like his pal, the former high-school basketball star thrust too soon into adulthood. This one also explores the Old Man's bad habit of buying used cars and Randy's turn at playing a turkey in a school play. Good movie to watch on a Thanksgiving evening or anytime, but, again, not available officially on VHS or DVD. Forget about Blu-Ray. Ralph is well played by Peter Kowanko here, with George Coe as the Old Man and Barbara Bolton returning as Mom. Katherine Kamhi plays Josephine Cosnowski.
1983 - A Christmas Story - I'm sure you know this one. Ralph, 10 years old and played to perfection by a bespectacled Peter Billingsley, is on a holiday quest to insure himself the gift of a Red Ryder BB gun. A perfect movie and a Christmas classic. The Old Man is also played to perfection here by Kolchak himself, Darren McGavin, and likewise Mom played by Melinda Dillon. Easily available in any format I know of, and currently running for 24 full hours annually on one of those cable networks that starts with a T. At some point, inspired by this film, my family gave up the virtual repeats of Thanksgiving dinner on Christmas Day to instead go out to a local Chinese buffet. We never looked back.
1988 - Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss - The Parker family returned to TV in this one, as we see a barely teenage Ralph, played well by a young Jerry O'Connell of "Sliders" fame, getting his working papers and his miserable first job. In addition, the family dog, little Fuzzhead, runs away. The bulk of the story, however, is the family's maniacal road-trip to their favorite fishing haven, Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss. Another great cast brings another great Ralphie tale to life with the delightful Dorothy Lyman of "Mama's Family" as Mom and James Sikking nicely portraying the Old Man and feeling quite a bit like McGavin's version without it seeming intentional or forced. Available only on VHS so far. I believe Disney holds this one, so I wish they'd quit sitting on it.
1994 - My Summer Story - The Old Man is played here by Charles Grodin. Some folks say he seems to be trying to be Darren McGavin. Personally, I only got that feeling a wee bit when he sounded like he was trying to talk like him in a couple parts. Mostly, he seemed to be playing it on his own and he's enjoyable in the role most of the time. Mary Steenburgen was well cast as Mom, and Kieran Culkin plays Ralph well enough, but Peter Billingsley is a tough act to follow. The only returning cast member, aside from Jean Shepherd narrating as Adult Ralph, is Tedde Moore as Ralph's teacher, Miss Shields. This one was made for the big screen, originally titled "It Runs in the Family". I don't recall it ever actually going to theaters, at least not in my area. Probably had a limited release. The title was wisely changed to "My Summer Story", and the fact that another MGM release is titled "It Runs in the Family" likely causes some confusion at times for folks looking for this film. "My Summer Story" has been released on both VHS and DVD. I prefer the VHS cover to the "house wrapped in a straitjacket" DVD cover, but whatever. Neither is great nor reminiscent of the "A Christmas Story" poster artwork. The Ollie Hopnoodle's VHS cover is much better
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Initial post: Sep 11, 2012 9:11:10 PM PDT
Tom Reagan says:
That's all great, dandy, and interesting info, but this sequel isn't called "The Phantom of the Open Hearth 2" or "My Summer Story 2" - no matter which way you slice it, it's a cheap $equel for one reason and one reason only. To make a cheap profit. The fact that this is one of many movies about this family is totally irrelevant.
A fair comparison would be to compare this with the horribly reviewed "Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure" - which came several years AFTER the Christmas Vacation "sequel," Vegas Vacation.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012 12:18:12 AM PDT
although i can agree they could've came up with a different title. People are still complaining about it being a sequel. yet christmas story was a sequel to begin with. and I imagine they are using christmas story 2 because a. it'll be easier to market (look at how many already are talking about it imagine if was called Ralphie gets a car, or w/e else would anyone if know it- well does anyone know about the other 6 movies?). b. I would assume the car storyline will be around christmas. Let me say one more thing. if i could post my review w/o giving any star rating i would. I think it's unfair to put 0 stars w/o seeing a single minute of the movie. after seeing it if it seems a total rip-off or an attempt for money then say it. why say it now w/o seeing it.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012 7:11:20 AM PDT
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Tom Reagan says:
You can post w/o giving it a rating - down below the page in the comments section, as I did. :-)
And I can say it'll be horrible because I've seen enough movies in my lifetime to make an "educated" judgment. It's a pretty good hunch, I'd say.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 10:18:19 AM PDT
Not Easily Impressed says:
I don't think that A Christmas Story is so much a sequel as a remake. After all, Ralphie decreases in age. I was completely unaware that these movies existed. Thanks for that info. The Jerry O'Connell one can probably be acquired gray market via iOffer or some other under-the-radar auction / sales website.
As for Tom's comments, he was a little harsh--a bit like a teacher grading a book report--but he's right about not rating the movie if you haven't seen it. BTW, I didn't know you could do that, either. I would bet that if you saw it, you would probably give ACS2 4 stars if you like it and 1 if you don't.
Posted on Oct 5, 2012 6:46:22 AM PDT
Adam T. says:
Wow, I wasn't aware of any of these movies, except for My Summer Story(and A Christmas Story obviously), which is the only one I'd actually consider a sequel, seeing as Bob Clark directed it as well. The others, I believe, are more or less adaptations of the original book, In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash. This is clearly a cash-in title sequel with the studio basically remaking the original just to pull a profit. Thanks for the info though, I'll for sure be seeking out these other movies.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 2:38:36 PM PDT
I agree no one holds people down and forces them to watch a part two or three. If someone wants to watch let them then they can judge it after the fact. I remember seeing My Summer Story and for real I like it and will be buying it. I loved The Christmas Story as well and ever Christmas we pull it out and watch it. I am glad you said that Ryan that you should rate a movie a 0 before seeing it.Lets face it people there are Red Box these days so I'm sure it's not that big of a deal to spend a whole dollar and check it out it might be really good you don't know. Can't judge a book by it's cover same goes for movie that have squeals.
Posted on Nov 8, 2012 5:34:13 PM PST
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Who is 'noone'??? Peter?? Ah you are American that explains it-BTW WHERE is your review of A Christmas Story 2??
Posted on Nov 29, 2012 8:32:05 PM PST
poor student says:
The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters was on the Disney Channel eons ago before it got all commercial and crapped up. I taped it on VHS and we watched it every year while my son was growing up. It's a lot like Christmas Story -- the family is crazy (especially the old man), but in the end you realize they're just like every other family, and there's a lot of love in a lot of families.
Posted on Dec 13, 2012 7:42:35 PM PST
Juicy Kumquat says:
Awesome info man. Had no clue. Knew of the Summer one and the part 2. Your post is both informational and of great service. Thank you for your time. You are a patriot of fine art. I love you man. No....really, I love you man. I now am scrambling to find these on dvd. I really am too.
Thank you, cause the aholes in other comments did not understand the quality of info you provided and how much time it takes to post.
Posted on Dec 24, 2012 6:19:23 AM PST
Greg Bateson says: