'A Christmas Story Christmas' Trailer: Fans DIVIDED as Peter Billingsley's Ralphie returns for another adventure

Warner Bros released the first full-length trailer for 'A Christmas Story Christmas' and fans are pretty divided over it

'A Christmas Story Christmas' Trailer: Fans DIVIDED as Peter Billingsley's Ralphie returns for another adventure
Erinn Hayes and Peter Billingsley in a still from 'A Christmas Story Christmas' (HBO Max)
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Nearly 40 years ago, a Christmas comedy film directed by Bob Clark took the world by storm and became one of the most extraordinary holiday movies. Titled ‘A Christmas Story’, the movie saw a young boy Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), who spends most of his time dodging a bully (Zack Ward) and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift, a Red Ryder air rifle. The film received positive reviews and was included in the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Since then, a lot of people have been missing Ralphie and wanting to know what happened after he received the best Christmas gift ever.

Forty years later, Ralphie is making a COMEBACK and is set to take everyone on an enthralling journey with ‘A Christmas Story Christmas’, a legacy sequel to the original 1983 film. The movie will see Ralphie returning to his former home on Cleveland street after the death of his father, hoping to give his kids a magical Christmas like the one he had as a child. In the process, he connects with childhood friends along the way in order to make the occasion even better.

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Peter Billingsley as Ralphie in 'A Christmas Story Christmas' (HBO Max)
Peter Billingsley as Ralphie in 'A Christmas Story Christmas' (HBO Max)

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If you are a fan of Christmas movies, then you should definitely watch 'Christmas Movie Magic', 'Candy Cane Candidate', and 'Christmas at Castle Hart'.

Warner Bros. released the first trailer for the upcoming movie and heaps of nostalgia for the first movie. The trailer starts with Ralphie’s signature voiceover as he reminisces about his childhood days while navigating his life through the modern world. He makes a promise to his mother that this Christmas would be wonderful because that would make his father really happy. However, he soon realizes that the entire pressure is on him to make the occasion better for everyone. The other half of the clip is all about Ralphie trying everything to make everyone happy and celebrate the festival like his father would have wanted them to.

As soon as the trailer surfaced online, social media users were fast to express their opinions on the recently released clip. Some of the users were happy to see Ralphie back as it brought back the nostalgia while others were not happy with the trailer’s cynical tone. One of the fans wrote, “It just feels like it's filmed in the modern style of cynical and sarcasm. And I like formula, don't get me wrong. But it's not the formula of A Christmas Story.” Another fan tweeted, “WHAAAT I love a Christmas story but Idk how to feel about this.” Another social media user tweeted, “If ANYTHING, at least this one feels more like a Christmas Story sequel than the other attempts. Unnecessary, but still more of an attempt.”

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Some users were really happy to see the cast returning and applauded the trailer for being so sweet. One fan wrote, “Yay. Can't wait for the sequel A Christmas story ralphie and his friends back together like old times hope that we see his brother and the bullied as well.” Another fan tweeted, “I'll watch this for sure.”

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Apart from Billingsley, the movie also sees the return of original characters like Ralphie’s mother (Julie Hagerty), his childhood friends Flick (Scott Schwartz) and Schwartz (R.D. Robb), and his bully Scut Farkus (Zack Ward). On the other hand, new cast members include Erinn Hayes, Julianna Layne, and River Drosche.

Produced by Billingsley and Vince Vaughn, ‘A Christmas Story Christmas’ is set to premiere exclusively on HBO Max on Thursday, November 17.

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