Like the first movie, this is a comedic look at an idiosyncratic family's Christmas experience. Family togetherness -- even when things are going all wrong -- is what's most important during Christmas.
Positive Role Models & Representations
Ralphie has a dream that references Nazis (but not violently), and there are some physical comedy sequences like when Ralphie accidentally crashes a car for sale at the dealership, or Ralphie and his friends wreak havoc on a department store where they work. Although his friend doesn't get his tongue frozen to a pole, he does get his tongue sucked into a vacuum pipe.
Ralphie has a crush on a classmate and daydreams about taking her for a drive in his new car and pretending she's "his girl."
The word "bitch" and specifically "son of a bitch" is used several times throughout the movie.
The Christmas Story tale is now a Broadway musical and the leg lamp is available as a novelty gift.