A Christmas Story 2

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Silly jokes abound, but it's no original Christmas Story.
  • PG
  • 2012
  • 85 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Like the first movie, this is a comedic look at an idiosyncratic family's Christmas experience. Family togetherness -- even when things are going all wrong -- is what's most important during Christmas. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The narrator looks back on his life and shares the ups and downs of one Christmas season with the viewer, but despite a few bumps in the road, it's his family and friends he cherishes most.

Violence

Ralphie has a dream that references Nazis (but not violently), and there are some physical comedy sequences like when Ralphie accidentally crashes a car for sale at the dealership, or Ralphie and his friends wreak havoc on a department store where they work. Although his friend doesn't get his tongue frozen to a pole, he does get his tongue sucked into a vacuum pipe.

Sex

Ralphie has a crush on a classmate and daydreams about taking her for a drive in his new car and pretending she's "his girl." 

Language

The word "bitch" and specifically "son of a bitch" is used several times throughout the movie. 

Consumerism

The Christmas Story tale is now a Broadway musical and the leg lamp is available as a novelty gift.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Ralphie's parents drink wine.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that A Christmas Story 2 is the sequel to the classic 1983 period comedy, A Christmas Story. The language is fairly strong for a family film -- several instances of "son of a bitch," for example, and deals more with adolescent attraction (Ralphie is smitten with the prettiest girl in his class) than the original. Otherwise there's the standard physical comedy and silly jokes that will make kids laugh aloud. Like with the first Christmas Story, the overarching message is that no matter what you get, the important thing about the holidays is spending them with family.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMindymom December 23, 2014
Adult Written byDisneyMaster December 22, 2013
Teen, 14 years old Written bySomeoneYouDon'tKnow April 2, 2013

Not as good as the first film, but surprisingly good

Like everyone else on the planet, when I heard about this movie, I was unfazed. A sequel to a five-star classic like A Christmas Story didn't sound the sli... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old January 3, 2014

OK

Nice storyline, and quite a bit of language. Not for young kids. Better than original for creative folk, but not for traditionalists.

What's the story?

This sequel to A Christmas Story follows an older (but still bespectacled) Ralphie Parker (Braeden Lemasters), who's now nearly 16 years old and wants something a lot more sophisticated than a Red Ryder BB gun; he wants a used car the local auto dealer has brought back to its original beauty. He also wants his class' prettiest and most popular girl Drucilla Gootrad (Tiera Skovbye) to fall for him. After he accidentally crashes the car, Ralphie and his two best friends take low-paying jobs at a local department store. Back home, Old Man Parker (Daniel Stern) is still battling his appliances and mom is still bundling little brother for the snow.

Is it any good?

Although A Christmas Story is a holiday classic that families can and should enjoy watching together every December, the same cannot be said for this direct-to-DVD sequel. This movie is neither necessary nor nearly as humorous as the original. Yes, the filmmakers did find an actor who could believably be the older version of Peter Billingsley's apple-cheeked, pale-blond Ralphie, and Stern is a passable Old Man.

But, a teenager drooling over a car (and a girl) is not nearly as interesting as 9-year-old Raphie's obsession with the possibility of a BB gun, and a high schooler getting his tongue stuck in suction pipe isn't quite as hilarious (it's more just gross) than a little boy making good on the double-dog-dare of all dares. There are a couple of laughs, but ultimately this is a far inferior follow up to the timeless original.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the relationship between Ralphie and his dad. Is "The Old Man" as cranky in this as he was in the first Christmas Story?

  • How does the sequel compare to the original? Do you think it's as funny as the first Christmas Story?

  • How has Ralphie's Christmas wish matured since he wanted his Red Ryder BB gun?

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