In a November survey of 901 Redbox users about their favorite Christmas comedies, 19% chose “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”
Some people consider it a modern classic, but Clark Griswold’s quest for the biggest tree, the best decorations, his problems at work, the SWAT team showing up, the sewer mishap, make me anxious.
“Elf” came in at No. 2, with 17 percent. Now, Will Ferrell is adorable as the oversized elf who leaves the North Pole to search for his father. It’s sweeter than a candy cane, but it’s not the best Christmas comedy.
The best Christmas comedy is “A Christmas Story,” which came in at No. 3, tied with 12% for some unholy reason with “Home Alone. “Home Alone” is cute (once), but you couldn’t watch it for 24 hours straight.
The nostalgia-soaked saga of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker who wants nothing more for Christmas than an official Red Ryder carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle is hilarious.
I howl when his dad pulls the leg lamp out of the box. (Whenever I see the word “fragile,” I silently pronounce it as “frah-jeelay.”)
Ralphie’s pal Flick getting triple-dog-dared into touching his tongue to a frozen flagpole. The sadistic Santa. The pink bunny suit from Aunt Clara. The smiling duck.
It was my dad’s favorite and I watched it with him. LikeRalphie, he had a Red Ryder BB gun as a kid. He bought the movie for me on DVD, and I watched it with my son Sawyer as he grew up.
All year long, we quote it. “You’ll shoot your eye out,” I tell Sawyer when he breaks out his tools.
“I can’t put my arms down,” Sawyer says whenever he tugs on a coat.
If I come across it on TV, even by myself, I can hear their laughter, my dad’s and my son’s, mingled with mine.
Maybe that’s why it’s my favorite.
Support local journalism. Subscribe to azcentral.com today.
Read or Share this story: https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/karinabland/2019/12/15/if-you-want-yuletide-laughs-watch-a-christmas-story/4417579002/