Bob Clark directs Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin in this Christmas movie following a Norman Rockwell-style December from an anxious nine year old’s point-of-view.
A tradition in America, this movie means very little to us on this side of the Atlantic. It is cheap but charming, has a lovely way with words and actually gets better as it goes a long but I can’t see it justifying its “classic” status outside of the country that has it on a 24 hour loop over two channels every Christmas. Madness. Imagine if we did that with The Snowman?! The queue to see a department store Santa is a cracking little sequence.
Perfect Double Bill: Home Alone (1990)
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