A CHRISTMAS STORY CHRISTMAS © 2022 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. (L-r) JULIANNA LAYNE as Julie, RIVER DROSCHE as Mark and PETER BILLINGSLEY as Ralphie Parker in Warner Bros. Pictures and HBO Max’s family comedy “A CHRISTMAS STORY CHRISTMAS.”

You cannot manufacture nostalgia and you cannot reverse engineer a cult classic. “A Christmas Story Christmas” tries to capitalize on the success of the 1983 original, which has a following now that has been years in the making, and throws together an underbaked, low-stakes sequel. 

Peter Billingsley returns as Ralphie, who has grown from a round-faced boy to a round-faced man, and is charged with creating a memorable Christmas for his two nondescript kids, his supportive, attractive wife and his widowed mom, following the sudden passing of his father.

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“Spirited” - Mosaic

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Tár - Focus Features

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(from left) David Harbour and John Leguizamo on the set of Violent Night.

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Asia Frey grew up in Mobile and went to college at New York University where she studied literature. She has written for Lagniappe since the very first issue and when she is not watching movies, she works as a librarian.

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