A Christmas Story Live!

Movie review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Musical based on classic film is an OK update, but too long.

NR 2017 180 minutes

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age 10+

My Story on the Story

What's great: The person who plays Ralphis is really great, even better than the original What's not so good: some segments were not necessary (i.e. the teacher jazz club number) Would I see it live?: Yes, but only if I got to see it for free. Would I show it to a 10-year-old?: Yes, Would I show it to a 65-year-old? Only if they aren't for change to the original story and like musicals. Recommendation: See it if you like musicals live on TV or if you like the story and don't mind a slight twist. Only rated two stars vs. three because I had higher expectations.
age 9+

Stayed faithful and true to the original.

I do not think that 3 hours was too long at all for this movie. If the commercials get taken out it only lasts 2 1/2 hours if that long. Had this been a new movie, taking place in modern times, it's quite possible that Ralphie would not have gotten the gun. But they wanted to stay true to the original. That it did and did well. The scene with the gun was reenacted to perfection. Everything else about the movie was true to the original. While you could've argued for the presence of working women, it was only right that most women in this movie were homemakers, as that's the way it was for most women in the 1940s in real life. Matthew Broderick does a great job narrating and explaining the story. The increase in cultural diversity was a plus too, as there was more of it in real life in decades past than our books, movies or tv shows would've had us believe. While this doesn't quite compare to the original, it's up there. When you show this to your children ask which version they like better and why.

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