A Christmas Story 2

  • Review Date: December 10, 2012
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 85 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Silly jokes abound but it's no original Christmas Story.
  • Review Date: December 10, 2012
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 85 minutes

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

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

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.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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 that 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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

DVD release date:October 30, 2012
Cast:Braeden Lemasters, Daniel Stern, Stacey Travis
Studio:Warner Home Video
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Cars and trucks, Holidays
Run time:85 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:for language and some rude humor.

This review of A Christmas Story 2 was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Teen, 14 years old Written bySomeoneYouDon'tKnow April 2, 2013
AGE
9
QUALITY
 

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 slightest bit passable to me, and the fact that it went strait-to-DVD didn't raise my expectations either. But then, on Christmas Eve 2012, I thought I'd give it a try, and my parents agreed. So, with very low expectations, we all sat down and watched it. And, surprisingly, it actually turned out to be a very funny and heartwarming movie. I mean, it certainly can't live up to the near-flawless first film, but my mom, my sister, and I all found it to be very good (my dad, however, was non-plussed). Braeden Lemasters was a very good teenage replacement for Peter Billingsley, and Daniel Stern was memorable and funny as The Old Man. Stacey Travis's performance as Ralphie's mother was not as good, but she still captured the sweetness and warmth of the original character. David W. Thompson and David Buehrle were very odd as Flick and Schwartz, respectively, as they look almost nothing like the original actors, but they still gave good performances, and they have some good chemistry with Lemasters as Ralphie's loyal friends. And Tiera Skovbye was cute and funny as, ahem, Drucilla Gootrad, the love interest, even if she only appears for a few seconds. The humor was funny and memorable, most of which pays homage to the first film, like having Flick get his tongue stuck in a suction pipe and Ralphie slowly uttering "Oh fudge!" when he accidentally destroys a car. The slapstick was also very zany and fun, even if it was a little distracting at times. Ralphie's new teenage motives felt very realistic and relatable, like going after girls and wanting a new car, but he still retained the same general tone that the character had in the first film. I also thought the director did a very good job of setting the film in the 40s, with some very nostalgic old cars and buildings and realistic behavior for the time (like kids wrapping their schoolbooks in their belt). Plus, there's a girl character named Drucilla Gootrad. You can't get much more 40s than that. Ultimately, this movie isn't as good as the original Christmas Story, but it has enough clever humor and positive messages to be a good movie in its own right.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old December 2, 2013
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

SPOILER ALERT

there is a car Ralf wants and when he sat in it he destroyed the top so he raises money with 2 of his friends one of the jobs Ralf's friend gets he spills perfume on a woman's chest then cleans it up. and the b word is used a lot.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byDisneyMaster December 22, 2013
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

Pretty good overall.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Poll

What are the different ways that you access Common Sense Media ratings and information? (Check all that apply)

Essential Apps Guide