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Recast A Christmas Story and Win a Prize!

Every Wednesday on BuzzSugar, I post a Recast challenge, where I ask you to choose new actors for a classic TV show or movie. The reader who submits the best cast wins a BuzzSugar t-shirt!

Yes, I know A Christmas Story is a supremely beloved classic holiday movie, but it's the only holiday film we'll recast this season and it's the last recast for a few weeks as we kick into hectic holiday time. So, humor me! Who would you cast in a modern version of this film?

Since the young Ralphie, his meatloaf-hating little bro Randy, their mother and bristly "Old Man" are the main characters, let's stick to finding new actors for these roles. If you are struck with a genius idea for recasting some of the more peripheral characters, however, by all means — go for it!

Leave your entry in the comment section below, and I'll pick one winner to feature Tuesday, Dec. 18, complete with a "new" cast photo.

To see a list of characters to recast and a photo of the BuzzSugar t-shirt,


Characters to recast:
Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley)
The Old Man/Mr. Parker (Darren McGavin)
Mrs. Parker (Melinda Dillon)
Randy Parker (Ian Petrella)

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kiddylnd kiddylnd 8 years
Sheesh - I wasn't being SUPER serious. I'm just sayin I wouldn't do the recst. I know it's for fun. :wink:
juliegal juliegal 8 years
kia you are awesome w/ your pics! this is so hard to re-cast...can't even attempt it!
alillee alillee 8 years
i love the recasts. even though i usually don't suggest anything i love reading other people's suggestions! it's all fun and games.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
love love love love love love love this movie.
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
I love this movie and i can't think of anyone to recast. You all have some good ideas though :)
ChrissyBaby ChrissyBaby 8 years
I think your recast is pretty awesome WhiplashGirlchild! :-)
chancleta chancleta 8 years
i really love kia's pics so to shake things up i'm coming up with a hispanic cast =) mom: Constance Marie (from "The George Lopez Show") dad: Antonio Banderas ralphie: Noah Gray-Cabey (from "Heroes") little brother randy: Adrian Alonso (from "La Misma Luna" and "The Legend of Zorro") santa: george lopez best friend: J.R. Villarreal (from "Akeelah and the Bee")
sfmastiffmom sfmastiffmom 8 years
Ralphie Parker (Josh Hutcherson) The Old Man/Mr. Parker (Will Farrell) Mrs. Parker (Tina Fey) Randy Parker (Andrew Miller - Baby Jack from Scrubs)
chancleta chancleta 8 years
love your theory precious pets i love this idea buzz it's fun! don't listen to the ones taking this too seriously
kia kia 8 years
Ralphie: Dakota Fanning Randy: Rocco Ritchie Mom: Catherine Keener Old Man: George Clooney Peripheral Characters... Bully (Flick?)... Freddie Highmore Ralphie's Best Friend (Schwartz): Emily Osment Santa: John C. Riley Santa Elf #1: Milo Ventimiglia Santa Elf #2: Zooey Deschanel
precious_pets4 precious_pets4 8 years
Just for fun, let's mix in some color! Mr. Parker: Will Smith Mrs. Parker: Halle Berry Ralphie: Kyle Massey (That's So Raven, Cory in the House) Randy: Will Smith's son's that was in that movie with Will...can't think of the name of the movie... or his son's name! Hey, it's 1:36 a.m. I'm brain dead for sure!
JessNess JessNess 8 years
geez people its a game. Just have fun with it. Im going to have to think about this one. My brain hurts from finals so Im not thinking clearly :D
mamaseacat mamaseacat 8 years
Ralphie Parker - Alexander Gould (from Weeds) The Old Man/Mr. Parker - Bernie Mac (he's a good grumpy guy) Mrs. Parker - Meg Ryan Randy Parker - Jonah Bobo (from Zathura)
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Ralphie Parker - Dylan Sprouse The Old Man/Mr. Parker - Harrison Ford Mrs. Parker - Elizabeth Perkins Randy Parker - Maxwell Perry Cotton
KristinDaBomb KristinDaBomb 8 years
These are fun but I loooove this movie so much that I couldn't even think of recasting it. Hehe.
hmcmcd hmcmcd 8 years
mrs. parker: susan sarandon Mr. Parker: tim Robbins Ralphie: jonathan lipniki (the biy from jerry maguaire Randy: Jordan Frye (the cowboy kid from charlie and the chocolate factory)
Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
Ralphie: Will Farrell he could play a kid obsessing over a BB GUN Randy: Id make this character a little girl instead ... maybe someone cute like Elle Fanning Mrs. Parker: Drew Barrymore - That would be great! Mr. Parker: Jack Black as the Wound up Pops Ok that took a lot of thought!
KimBurnett KimBurnett 8 years
Also, as Flick: Frankie Ryan Manriquez (William, from That's So Raven)
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
WhiplashGirlchild, I'm with you. These Recasts are great and all in fun. Just wish I was clever enough to come up with some good choices!
KimBurnett KimBurnett 8 years
Ralphie:Spencer Breslin Randy: Brooklyn Beckham Mother: Reba McIntyre Father: Bruce Dern
kersalli kersalli 8 years
Agreed kiddylnd :)
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
Jeez, it's just for fun. Ralphie Parker - Angus T. Jones The Old Man/Mr. Parker - John Goodman Mrs. Parker - Lisa Kudrow Randy Parker - Nathan Gamble
kiddylnd kiddylnd 8 years
Kersalli I get your point, but sometimes you can see a recast being done, and sometimes it's just sacrilege to do so. This being one of those times. :hohoho: :hohoho: :hohoho:
kersalli kersalli 8 years
Puzzleking, we're just hypothetically recasting it for fun. No debate on it's status as a classic. And, FYI, if they ever tried to really remake this, I'd be MAD.
puzzleking puzzleking 8 years
Why recast a classic?!?!...this is the problem with Hollywood. Always trying to redo something that should be left alone.
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