The tragedy about "A Christmas Story" is that it's relatively unknown in Australia. Where it has become a Christmas institute in North America, we missed the boat and it has never even been given a release down here. Forshame! Absurdly "A Christmas Carol 2" has just been newly released down here ... WTF? So anyway the original film is a beauty. Telling the story of 9 year old Ralphie and his family, it's narrated by an adult Ralphie about the Christmas when he really really wanted a BB Gun. Several years later The Wonder Years was inspired by this movie and if you're familiar with that show then you'll know what to expect. Its very funny and uber sweet with great performances and wonderful gags and a massive sense of nostalgia for simpler times. It was directed by Bob Clarke (legend... RIP) who had earlier made Black Christmas (one of the best horror Chrissy movies there is). He forged a career balancing adult films with family films (from Porky's to Baby Geniuses) etc.. he also continued Ralphie's story with the 1994 follow up, My Summer Story. If you haven't seen A Christmas Story then jump on the net and try to find it. Its worth importing. I watched it with the kids last night and our couch was full of belly laughs.