When last Christmas rolled around, Hollywood rolled out its fair share of seasonal flicks while A Christmas Story got its usual moment in the December sun, airing in reruns and selling well out of value DVD bins. This year, viewers won’t have to make that tough choice between watching a new film and following Ralphie and crew as A Christmas Story 2, a direct-to-DVD sequel to the 1983 classic film, comes out October 30.
Movie Talk reports that the new film follows Ralphie as a teenager. Having had the dream of getting his Red Rider BB gun, the now-16 Ralphie dreams of a car: a 1938 Hupmobile Skyline Convertible.
Here’s the film’s official synopsis.
“Years after realizing his childhood dream of getting a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, 16-year-old Ralphie (Braeden Lemasters) sets his bespectacled sights on a gift of the four-wheeled variety in this belated sequel to the Bob Clark’s beloved 1983 classic A Christmas Story. As the snow begins to fall and the carolers start to sing, Ralphie dreams of waking up on Christmas morning to find the keys to a 1938 Hupmobile Skyline Convertible dangling from the tree, and embracing a whole new world of freedom as he cruises the streets of Hohman, Indiana in style. Home Alone alumni Daniel Stern takes over for the late Darren McGavin as The Old Man, with Stacey Travis, David Buehrle, David W. Thompson, and Valin Shinyei sounding out the supporting cast as Mrs. Parker, Schwartz, Flick, and Randy respectively.”
From the trailer, it doesn’t seem too many are excited about the film.
Russ Fischer of SlashFilms.com wrote:
“I’m trying to come up with anything substantial to say about that trailer, but for the most part it is just sad.”
Penn Collins of ScreenJunkie.com added:
“The production design also seems to go a long way towards recreating the halcyon look of the original, which, with today’s technologies, just looks weird and unnatural. Just like the existence of this sequel.”
What do you think? Are you excited to see a new take on an old classic?