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A Christmas Story 2 is a direct-to-video film produced by Warner Premiere, based upon Jean Shepherd's novel In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, released on October 30, 2012. As the title suggests, it is a sequel to the 1983 MGM film A Christmas Story, and also the first film based on Shepherd's stories to not include any input from him (as he had died in October 1999).

Synopsis

Six years after the events of the original film, in the mid-1940's, Ralphie Parker is now a socially awkward teenager interested in cars and girls. He has his eye on Drucilla Gootrad, a beautiful girl who is dating the star quarterback. He also has his eye on a green 1938 Mercury convertible, but he can't afford it yet. Ralphie hopes that if he can get the car, he can also get the girl.

One day, he is inside the car on the lot while his father is talking to the owner. Being the bumbling geek that he is, Ralphie accidentally puts it in reverse, and he ends up backing it into a light pole, causing $85 worth of damage. The auto dealer threatens to call the police on Ralphie if he can't pay the damages, and he gives him until Christmas Eve do to so. Ralphie goes to his father for the money, but the Old Man refuses to help him out; so, Ralphie and his friends Flick and Schwartz take jobs at Higbee's Department Store.

Meanwhile, the Old Man's notoriously cheap ways are nearly ruining Christmas. Their troublesome furnace is on its last legs, but he would rather replace it with a used furnace instead of paying $395 for a brand new one. He also won't pay 40 cents a pound for a turkey, and says he will go ice fishing and catch Christmas dinner. The Old Man spends several days on the ice, but has no luck. One day, Mother joins him and wants to try her hand at fishing. Almost immediately, she catches a huge fish, but the Old Man lets it get away. He blames her for being a jinx and she leaves him on the ice.

At Higbee's, Ralphie and his friends are given several jobs to do, but they screw up every one of them. Finally, they are given the job of being Santa's elves. The store Santa is surly to the kids, and makes fun of everything they ask for. One obviously poor child just wants a car tire, and Santa has him thrown out of the store. Ralphie has had enough and yells at Santa for not being nice to the kids, which leads to Santa quitting his job. This also causes the trio to be fired by the store manager.

Because he still doesn't have enough money to pay for the damages, Ralphie goes back the next day and begs for another chance. The manager relents and makes him dress up in a reindeer costume to wear outside the store. He promptly knocks over the Salvation Army kettle, and the money falls out. While helping pick it up, he sees a man take a $5 bill and pocket it. Ralphie confronts the man about it, and gets punched in the gut for his troubles, but he got the money back. Drucilla and her boyfriend notice this events, and while her boyfriend laughs at Ralphie's expense, Drucilla doesn't.

Despite his problems that day, Ralphie has now earned enough money and is on his way to pay the damages. However, he sees a homeless family in an alleyway, and their kid is the one who asked Santa for the car tire. He then sees that the family's truck is missing a tire, but Ralphie walks on. While passing a pawn shop with a familiar-looking lamp in the front window, Ralphie can't stop thinking about that kid. He turns around and heads back down that alley. He uses his money to pay for a new tire and takes the family out to dinner. Back at home, the Old Man once again comes home empty-handed, and still refuses to quit until he catches a fish. At her wit's end, Mother goes to her emergency stash of money and buys a fish from the market.

The next day is Christmas Eve, and the family sits down for Christmas dinner. The Old Man is about to tell Ralphie and his brother Randy that he failed when Mother comes in with a cooked fish. A thrilled Old Man plays along, but he realizes that he is being a cheapskate and promises to change his ways. Later, Ralphie goes to the dealership with the remaining money after helping the homeless family, preparing to face the consequences. The auto dealer takes what he has and calls it even, because someone already bought the Mercury. A heartbroken Ralphie starts to head home, but makes a stop first.

The next morning is Christmas, and Ralphie and Randy tear open their gifts. Both enjoy what they got, then Ralphie tells his Dad to go into the basement. The Old Man emerges from it with the Leg Lamp! He is beyond thrilled, while Mother is definitely not. Ralphie then notices a car key on the Christmas tree with his name on it. The Old Man tells him to look in the driveway. Ralphie does, and sees the Mercury, and realizes his dad was the one who bought it.

Later that day, Ralphie is waxing the car when it begins to roll backwards into the street. Someone comes up and stops the car from rolling and tells Ralphie to put it in park. After he does, he goes to thank the person, and sees it's Drucilla. She tells him that she admired him for standing up to that guy in front of the store, and she broke up with the quarterback. The movie ends with Drucilla kissing Ralphie in the Mercury while they drive off into the sunset.

Notes

  • This film is actually the fourth follow-up to A Christmas Story, the first three being the made-for-TV movies The Star-Crossed Romance of Josephine Cosnowski and Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss, and the feature film It Runs in the Family (released on video as My Summer Story). Unlike this one, those films were actually made with input from Jean Shepherd; Shepherd even provided the narration for It Runs in the Family.

Releases

Cast

Actor/actress Character(s)
Daniel Stern The Old Man
Braeden Lemasters Ralphie Parker
Stacey Travis Mother
Valin Shinyei* Randy Parker
Gerard Plunkett Hank Catenhauser
David Buehrle Schwartz
David W. Thompson Flick
Tiera Skovbye Drucilla Gootrad
Shawn MacDonald Assistant Manager
Garry Chalk Higbee's Santa
Alex Zahara Nazi Interrogator
Tony Alcantar Dr. Gunter Strassen
C. Ernst Harth Heating Guy
Katie Copeland
Karyn Halpin
Daniel Bacon
Angry Customers
Paul Lazenby Burly Guy
Viv Leacock Butcher
Robert Sidley Construction Foreman
Darla Fay Hildred
Bob Frazer Homeless Father
France Perras Irritable Woman
Michael Ogbeiwi
Dalila Bela
New Kids in Line
Aiden Longworth Homeless Little Boy
Nicolle Ilich Girl on Lap
Ross Douglas Franklin Roosevelt
Darcy Michael Charity Volunteer
Nick Mandryk Todd Chapin
Anthony Dodd Conductor
Xiomara Lopez Dental Receptionist
Jane Stanton Shoe Lady
Jessica Harmon Female Shopper
Dan Payne Ensign Payne
Nat Mauldin (voice) Narrator

* - Nominated for the 2013 Young Artist Award for Best Actor in a DtV Feature

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Movies
Warner Bros. Pictures Christmas in ConnecticutGremlinsLethal WeaponNational Lampoon's Christmas VacationBatman ReturnsJack FrostNational Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island AdventureThe Polar ExpressKiss Kiss Bang BangThe Year Without a Santa ClausFred Claus
New Line Cinema ElfThe Nativity StoryFour ChristmasesA Very Harold & Kumar 3D ChristmasThe Conjuring 2Shazam!8-Bit Christmas
Blue Ribbon Content A Christmas Story 2A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish
Live-action television episodes
Friends and Joey "The One With the Monkey" • "The One With Phoebe's Dad" • "The One Where Rachel Quits" • "The One With the Girl from Poughkeepsie" • "The One With the Inappropriate Sister" • "The One With the Routine" • "The One With All the Candy" • "The One With the Holiday Armadillo" • "The One With Monica's Boots" • "The One With the Creepy Holiday Card" • "The One With Christmas in Tulsa" • "Joey and the Plot Twist" • "Joey and the Christmas Party"
DC Comics "Season's Greedings" • "Home is Where the Hurt Is" • "Twas the Night Before Mxymas" • "Lexmas" • "Gemini" • "Year's End" • "Three Ghosts"
Other shows "A Semi-Merry Christmas" • "Mel, the Magi" • "Mel's Christmas Carol" • "'Tis the Season to Be Jealous" • "A Christmas Story" (Growing Pains) • "The Kid" • "It's Not Easy Being Green" • "A Christmas Story" (Just the Ten of Us) • "Santa Goes Downtown" • "Let It Snow" • "The Night Court Before Christmas" • "Santa on the Lam" • "Have Yourself a Merry Winslow Christmas" • "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Urkel" • "Christmas is Where the Heart is" • "Miracle on Elm Street" • "Fa La La La Laagghh!" • "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" • "Deck the Malls" • "The Christmas Show" • "The Man Who Canceled Christmas" • "Christmas Day-Ja Vu" • "A Country Christmas" • "The Gift" • "A Miracle Happens Here" • "Homeless for the Holidays" • "Do You See What I See" • "The Miracle Worker" • "How the Finch Stole Christmas" • "The Greatest of Gifts" • "I'll Be Home For Christmas" • "Hindsight" • "Twas the Night" • "All About Christmas Eve" • "City of Mercy" • "Meet the Cuban Parents" • "Christmas Punch" • "A Clear and Presentless Danger" • "George is Being Elfish and Christ-Misses His Family" • "Santa's Secret Stuff" • "A Very Supernatural Christmas" • "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis" • "The Maternal Congruence" • "The Santa Simulation" • "The Cooper Extraction" • "The Clean Room Infiltration" • "Christmas" (The Middle) • "A Simple Christmas" • "A Christmas Gift" • "Christmas Help" • "The Christmas Tree" • "The Christmas Wall" • "Not So Silent Night" • "A Very Marry Christmas" • "The Christmas Miracle" • "It's Beginning to Stink a Lot Like Christmas" • "Jolly Red Elf" • "The World Ain't Over 'Till It's Over" • "Santa's Village of the Damned" • "Walnuts and Demerol" • "Warning, It's Dirty" • "One False Move, Zimbabwe!" • "Give Santa a Tail-Hole" • "On Vodka, On Soda, On Blender, On Mixer" • "Family, Bublé, Deep-Fried Turkey" • "Home for Christmas" • "Jingle Bell Glock" • "The Walk-Out" • "Yule Never Know" • "Merry Ex-Mas" • "A Very Carrie Christmas" • "Veronica's Christmas Song" • "Veronica's Secret Santa" • "An Echolls Family Christmas" • "One Angry Veronica"
Animated productions
Looney Tunes and related shows The Shanty Where Santy Claus LivesBedtime for SnifflesGift WrappedBugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales • "It's a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special" • "'Twas the Day Before Christmas" • "Jingle Boo" • "The Great Wakkorotti: The Holiday Concert" • "A Christmas Plotz" • "Little Drummer Warners" • "No Time for Christmas" • "A Pinky and the Brain Christmas" • "It Happened One Night Before Christmas" • "In Arms Way" • "The Twelve Days of Christmas" • Christmas Eve with Yakko, Wakko & Dot • "Noel" • "The Christmas Tree" • "The Banks of the Delaware River" • "Feather Christmas" • "Yule Be Sorry" • "Christmas in July" • Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas • "A Christmas Carol" • "Tis the Seasoning" • "Winter Blunderland" • "The Legend of Burrito Monday" • Bugs Bunny's 24-Carrot Holiday Special
DC Comics "Christmas With the Joker" • "Holiday Knights" • "Frozen Out" • "Comfort and Joy" • "Storybook Holiday" • "Invasion of the Secret Santas!" • "Second Christmas" • "The True Meaning of Christmas" • "Halloween v Christmas" • "Teen Titans Save Christmas" • "Beast Boy on a Shelf" • "Christmas Crusaders" • Beebo Saves ChristmasA Holiday StoryMerry Little Batman
Hanna-Barbera co-productions "A Dickens of a Christmas" • A Scooby-Doo! Christmas • "Ho Ho Horrors" • Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker TaleScooby-Doo! Haunted HolidaysTom and Jerry: Santa's Little Helpers • "The Plight Before Christmas" • "Scary Christmas" • "Scroogey Doo" • "It's a Wacky Life" • "Dashing Thru the Snow" • "Signed, Sealed and Wacky" • "The Spirit of Frostnos"
Other cartoons "Yuletide and Redtide" • A Cool Like That Christmas • "Santa Mask" • The Polar Express • "The Match Before Xmas" • A Miser Brothers' Christmas • "Da Grinchy Code / Duck" • "FROST / Undercover Claus" • "Fantastic Four Christmases / Red and White Collar" • Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas • "Christmas in Oz" • "Top of the Naughty List" • "Mandora Saves Christmas" • Did I Do That to the Holidays? A Steve Urkel Story
Albums
Have Yourself a Looney Tunes ChristmasA Hip-Hopera ChristmasMerry Christmas: Animaniacs & Looney TunesThe Looney Tunes Kwazy ChristmasA Looney Tunes Sing-A-Long Christmas
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