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7.2 The Triple Dog Dare: Flick Licks the Flagpole

Holy smokes, who can forget when Ralphie’s friend Flick (played by actor Scotty Schwartz) accepts the Triple Dog Dare to lick the flagpole in A Christmas Story?  It is easily one of the best scenes ever in Christmas film history.  And frighteningly familiar:  I knew a kid who did the same thing at recess back in 2nd grade, and it was just as painful, embarrassing, and pee-your-pants funny as it was in the movie.

Now, please forgive me for being irreverent during this Christmas season, but every time I watch it, I can’t help but wonder whether there was some deliberate symbolic foreshadowing for Scotty Schwartz’s career planted in the script?  (Scotty went on to star in porn films.  Insert guttural Beavis and Butthead chuckle here.)


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