This movie never fails to disappoint. It's cheerful, joyful, nostalgic, gleeful, and wickedly humorous. The language and jokes are surprisingly crass for its time, which is fairly realistic for a group of kids in upper elementary school who have nothing better to do than to lick flagpoles (you know, that sounds kind of wrong). The performances are all perfect, especially from Peter Billingsley, who infuses just the right amount of childish spirit into his character, Ralphie. Darren McGavin's performance as The Old Man is one of the most memorable performances ever put on film, and he has some very good chemistry with Melinda Dillon, who is sweet and sincere as the mother. I'm just going to cut my review short here, because there's nothing else I can say about this movie that hasn't been said before. What can I say? It's an original, traditional, one-hundred-percent, red-blooded, two-fisted, all-American Christmas classic.