A Christmas Story?
YOU MUST CHOOSE!
Suggested by Doug Zeigler, this last holiday-themed edition of YOU MUST CHOOSE! follows the same rules as last week’s. You’re given the choice between watching the Grizzwald family in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation or the Parker family in A Christmas Story at least once every holiday season for the rest of your life, with the catch being that the film you DON’T choose gets eradicated out of existence forever.
Unlike the Die Hard vs. It’s a Wonderful Life battle (which had passionate advocates on both sides of the fence), this matchup doesn’t pitch an established golden age classic against a popular 80s action film–but instead features two popular 80s comedies composed of equal amounts of slapstick and heart. Based on IMDb ratings, A Christmas Story seems to have the slight edge–it’s actually rated #242 on the site’s list of 250 Most Popular movies, while Christmas Vacation doesn’t rank at all (It’s a Wonderful Life comes in at #27, while Die Hard ranks in at #109).
And Bob Clark’s 1983 film also probably has the edge in terms of cultural impact–at least if merchandise is anything to go by. But then again, I personally hear people quoting the John Hughes scripted 1989 sequel much more often.
The question is, which one are you willing to lose? Because: