I haven't actually seen it. I was raised non-Christian, and our family doesn't celebrate Christmas (they still believe it to be a deeply religious thing). So I avoided Christmas movies, worrying it would be "inappropriate" for me to do so.
The only exception was Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, because I have a soft spot for anything animated.
I feel an explanation may be in order...
First of all, I was born on Christmas Day. I first saw A Christmas Story in the late 80's, (it was just before my second birthday when it came out,) and I wasn't really a fan of the movie, but I didn't actively hate it. That is until 1997 when TNT started playing a 24 hour marathon on my birthday. Under normal circumstances, that probably wouldn't cause someone to hate the movie. I have two older brothers that love the movie, these two brothers would continually put that channel playing A Christmas Story on the TV while I was trying to enjoy my birthday. My father likes the movie, so he never did anything about it despite my complaints. Years of any annoyance will breed contempt and ultimately hatred for something, and this was no different.
Based on the movie alone, I didn't like it.
However, the elevation of the movie to meme status has brought me to the verge of hatred of the movie. When I was in high school, it caught on big around here so that everyone and their dog was quoting it constantly. If it had gone on much longer, I would have been forced to punch the next person who said "You'll shoot your eye out!" or made a joke relating to tongues being stuck on frozen metal poles, etc, in the face.
@medacris: BUMBLES BOUNCE, YO.
I have no affinity toward the movie. I'm not willing to say I dislike (though, growing up I did actively avoid it). At this point I have total ambivalence toward it. I don't understand the fascination that some people carry for it. I have friends who insist on watching it each year. And there are channels that run the movie on loop all day long during Christmas. Surely you could come up with a better Holiday film. Or at very least something less totally obvious to run all day long on your channel.
@herbiebug: It's not really a feely feel movie though, if anything it's a pretty straight look at the naivety and ignorance of youth.
Been watching it since like 1999ish, so yeah, family watches it every year, much prefer it to Home Alone or Jingle All the Way...I was sad that my Dad actually bought the DVD of that shitfest when my sister found out the VHS tape unwound itself somehow.
I dont think I've ever watched it the whole way through, and it will (most likely) stay that way for the rest of my life. The bits and pieces Ive seen of it over the years seem alright, nothing mind blowing though. I have a belief that most movies centered around a holiday is bound to be something I wont like. I think the only christmas film I truly adore is Bad Santa.
Also, I find it funny that the guy who directed A Christmas Story also directed Black Christmas (the original, not the remake).
I agree with this gentleman who agreed with those gentlemen.