The 1983 film A Christmas Story didn’t make much of a splash when it was first released, but with television repeats over the years, it became a beloved classic for Gen X. Is it because the dysfunctional family makes the viewer feel better about their miserable childhoods by comparison? Or is it because the stories of a miserable childhood become funnier the more you tell them? As Screen Junkies shows us in this Honest Trailer, it’s more likely the latter, as two kinds of memories collide to make A Christmas Story a holiday classic: Jean Shepherd’s recollections of his childhood that grew into the semi-fictional sequences of the movie, and the shared cinema experience of a generation of movie fans.
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