A Wonderful Life it is not, but the movie Ted may yet become a classic with a holiday connection.
The comedy's opening scene takes place around the holidays.
The movie, which includes a major scene at Ori Ron's Swampscott home on Atlantic Avenue, came out in DVD Tuesday after grossing more than a half billion dollars at the box office worldwide.
On Thursday we checked with Chet's Video over in Marblehead to see how the movie was doing as a rental.
The clerk, Melissa Strout, said customers have been asking about the movie for months, wanting to know when it would come out in DVD. It's been the most requested movie of the year, she said.
Chet's has 16 copies, 12 DVDs and 4 blu-rays. All were rented on Tuesday. There were some available on Thursday night but Melissa expected Ted to be in demand this weekend.
The comedy a movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, has some major Swampscott connections.
For one, the main character, John, played by Wahlberg, was born in Swampscott, according to the movie plot.
The opening scene is outside John's house on a street where one of the kids was played by a Swampscott boy.
And as many Swampscott people will remember — a major scene in the film was shot inside and outside the Swampscott home near Preston Beach back in May of 2011.
In the movie the home belonged to the character Rex, the hated manager of the Mila Kunis character, Lori.
Much of the comedy's action revolves around relationships: between Wahlberg and Kunis; between John and his childhood Teddy Bear, Ted, who comes to life; and between Kunis and Ted.
The movie gets lots of laughs and has been doing well at the box office since its release early last month.
It has met critical acclaim and made lots of money in the US and overseas.
It cost about $50 million to make and has grossed almost $200 million, according to IMBd.com