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(Rant) 24 Hours Of "A Christmas Story"  
User currently offlineFuturePilot16 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2035 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2508 times:

Does anybody actually watch this movie? Every year, TBS runs this Movie, starting on Christmas Eve and continuing through Christmas day. The event is called "24 hours of A Christmas Story". Personally, I think showing this movie once or twice would be fine. I scrolled through to next day and counted that they will replay this movie 11 times, in total, they will play this Movie 12 times, starting at 8pm est, tonight and ending 8pm est, tomorrow night. The movie lasts for 2 hours.

There has to be a reason why they do this even every year, could it be high ratings? Because I find it hard to believe that anyone could watch this movie more than once or even twice, in a 24 hr span.

P.S. Despite the fact that they do this event every year, I have never watched this movie in it's entirety because it looks so ridiculously boring. Should I watch the full movie at some point?


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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2506 times:



Quoting FuturePilot16 (Thread starter):
Does anybody actually watch this movie?

I do. It's by no means a fantastic movie, but it is something watch.

Quoting FuturePilot16 (Thread starter):
There has to be a reason why they do this even every year

Marketing gimmick is my guess.


User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2490 times:

I love that movie! I watch it every year, but only once. Luckily I don't watch TV much, so it's kinda like having it on demand without it interfering with my daily life.


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User currently onlineNorthstarBoy From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2490 times:
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Quoting FuturePilot16 (Thread starter):
P.S. Despite the fact that they do this event every year, I have never watched this movie in it's entirety because it looks so ridiculously boring. Should I watch the full movie at some point?

you should! it's hilarious, IMO one of the best Christmas movies ever made. I do admit though, the first time you watch it, you're out of control laughing, but the humor wears off the more times you watch it, but i'd still say it's my favorite holiday movie.



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User currently offlineNwaesc From United States of America, joined exactly 7 years ago today! , 3386 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2477 times:

I watch at least one them... In fact, it's on as I type this.

Yes, you should watch it; if for no other reason than to see what all the hype is about...



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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2475 times:



Quoting FuturePilot16 (Thread starter):

Back when my dad was alive he'd laugh so hard he would be crying watching it, but then again he was Ralphie's age when the movie took place. My Dad said that almost eveything you'll see are things he and my Uncles did.

Pretty funny that 'Flick' grew up to be a porn star.....!!!!



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User currently offlineFuturePilot16 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2035 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2468 times:



Quoting EMBQA (Reply 5):
Pretty funny that 'Flick' grew up to be a porn star.....!!!!

He did?  rotfl .



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User currently offlinePhoenix9 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 2546 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2453 times:

This is just a shot in the dark, but it may have to do something with minimal staff present on Christmas eve and day. By putting the movie on repeat, they probably won't need many people taking care of different things (e.g. like making up a playlist for mp3s, so that you don't have to sit there to change to next song etc.). Add into that the ad revenue, ratings etc. and you kill two birds with one stone.

...but I could be totally off  Silly



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User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2527 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2442 times:

AMC is running National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation all day tomorrow... A much better option IMHO  Smile

User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7147 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2442 times:

I like it, its a tradition for me to be watching it. I wont watch it all the time but when I am on the computer or something its something nice to have on the tv. Its a pretty decent movie too. A lot better then all that other holiday garbage.


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User currently offlineFuturePilot16 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2035 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2436 times:



Quoting Phoenix9 (Reply 7):
This is just a shot in the dark, but it may have to do something with minimal staff present on Christmas eve and day. By putting the movie on repeat,

I was thinking that too.

Quoting Corey07850 (Reply 8):

I agree.



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User currently offlineVarigb707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2427 times:



Quoting FuturePilot16 (Thread starter):

There has to be a reason why they do this even every year

It's Christmas!!! That's why.


User currently offline4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 3013 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2418 times:



Quoting EMBQA (Reply 5):
Pretty funny that 'Flick' grew up to be a porn star.....!!!!

Thought it was "Schwartz", but could be wrong.


It's a classic. Deal with it. Don't like it, watch Transformers or something less boring to you. Your loss.
Life is good when that's the kind of thing that gets you all worked up enough to start a rant thread.



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User currently offlineN243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1630 posts, RR: 20
Reply 13, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2406 times:

I, for one, think the movie is terrific. It's one of those classics that gets even funnier the more you watch it. I have memorized just about all the good lines and know exactly what will happen in each scene, but for me that just makes it all the better.

That said, I don't watch it more than once a year. It just became a family tradition long enough ago that I've grown to love it.

I even went on the IMDB quotes database tonight and had a good laugh reading them to myself.

[Edited 2009-12-24 20:12:39]


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User currently offlineRFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 14, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2404 times:

As the number of TV channels has grown - the supply of available 'special' progamming gets spread more thinly.

Yes it is a marketing gimmic.

One of the problems with holiday scheduling is that you can please almost no one because what every time slot the 'classic' runs - some people complaing about missing the movie.

Lots of complaints to NBC about "It's A Wonderful Life" only available at a time to interfere with church or family plans.

So running the movie repeatedly for 24 hours makes sure everyone has an opportunity.

Plus ratings are terrible anyway for the holiday - so don't bother with anything new or unique.


User currently offlineMoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2314 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2355 times:

I love the movie, and watch it every year. With it on 24 hours straight, I usually end up leaving it on in the background, catching scenes here and there as I go about my holiday activities, but I'll end up watching it all the way through at least once.

And if you're not interested in watching it, I have a tip for you - these days, most TV sets come with a method for changing to a different channel, so you don't need to watch it all day if you don't want to... Big grin

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User currently offlineStratosphere From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2342 times:



Quoting 4holer (Reply 12):
Pretty funny that 'Flick' grew up to be a porn star.....!!!!

Thought it was "Schwartz", but could be wrong.

Actually Flicks real name is Scott Schwartz. Not to be confused with "Schwartz" the charactor in the movie. Supposedly he worked in the adult movie biz for a short time but gave it up because he didn't like it...How can you not like it???



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User currently offlineJRDC930 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2326 times:



Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 1):
It's by no means a fantastic movie

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl  Understatement of the century....This movie SUCKS....i hate it it with a passion, and i dont find it funny at all...every time i seat i groan at how lousy it is...i cant believe a network would waste 24 hrs of airtime on such a piece of crap...


User currently offlineFuturePilot16 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2035 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2310 times:



Quoting JRDC930 (Reply 17):

My thoughts exactly.



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6015 posts, RR: 14
Reply 19, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2276 times:

Who's forcing you to watch it? Go outside, read a book, make a gingerbread house. Do something other than sit in front of the TV all day.


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User currently offlineJRDC930 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2271 times:



Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 19):
Who's forcing you to watch it?

Not saying they are; i just think its a waste of network time...


User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13555 posts, RR: 62
Reply 21, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2256 times:
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Quoting FuturePilot16 (Thread starter):
Does anybody actually watch this movie?

Hell yes! It's a classic, and I look forward to the marathon each year.



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User currently offlineWESTERN737800 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 693 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2251 times:



Quoting EMBQA (Reply 5):
Pretty funny that 'Flick' grew up to be a porn star.....!!!!

Wow, I didn't know that.

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 19):
Who's forcing you to watch it? Go outside, read a book, make a gingerbread house. Do something other than sit in front of the TV all day.

Exactly. I wish I didn't have to work outside in frigid temperatures on Christmas eve/ day. If I was forced to watch all 24 hours of it I would have no problem with it. There are other things to do. If sitting in front of the TV is all you have to do, there are other channels.
By reading through the thread I'm seeing there's more people who watch it than those who don't. Sometimes I'll sit and watch it in one setting. Sometimes I'll take in parts here and there. I think they show 24 hours of it because people have different schedules around Christmas day so it allows a lot more people to watch it. I think its great!



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User currently offlineJRDC930 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2198 times:



Quoting WESTERN737800 (Reply 22):
If I was forced to watch all 24 hours of it I would have no problem with it.

Actually id dare sare this would be an effective form of torture...make a terrorist watch a horrible comedy with lousy dated jokes, poor acting, and retarded stories...sounds agonizing to me...after one screening id give up all the information!...LOL


User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2198 times:

I would rather have Chevy Chase in "Christmas Vacation" running on a 24 hour loop. Now your talking!

25 ShyFlyer : If your cable provider carries AMC, then you're in luck! I'm watching it now as a matter of fact. The Christmas bonus was just delivered!
26 NIKV69 : Yea they showed every night for awhile but I want it looped! That movie is a classic!
27 Lincoln : Unlikely...it's not like there's someone there switching out tapes. Most television is run automated anyway -- either server-based playback or automa
28 ShyFlyer : It is! All day and all night tonight.
29 Pgh234 : Both a "Christmas Story" and "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" have become classic movies that represent Americana so well that, if you dont see
30 2707200X : I watch it every Christmas, In fact I'm watching it right now.
31 NIKV69 : Yea! Just had all the company leave so just turned on the TV. Also saw this terrorist thing tho too.
32 4holer : Why is it a surprise to some folk that all the world, including TV programming, does not revolve around them? A large percentage of people enjoy a sho
33 OA412 : Absolutely! One of the best Christmas movies, IMHO.
34 4holer : Why? From wiki: Based on 43 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an overall approval rating from critics of 88%, with an average score o
35 Maverick623 : My family and I. Every Christmas since 1996. Well, it is partly a marketing gimmick. This year they were promoting the new Alvin and the Chipmunks mo
36 LTBEWR : I watched most of it on Christmas Eve. It is a fun film to watch. The narrator of the film, Gene Shepard was a popular writer and storyteller on NPR a
37 Post contains links and images Moose135 : Just a little nit...it's Jean Shepherd. In addition to narrating the film, Shepherd appears in the film - he is the man with the beard who tells Ralp
38 Silver1SWA : The movie is part of my family's Christmas tradition. We watch it once a year sometime during the season, and then we put it on in the background Chri
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