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It Runs in the Family (1994)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family  |  23 September 1994 (USA)
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It is now summer in the Parker family and the usual number of events is happening in their separate lives. Ralphie is searching for the perfect top to use to beat the school bully, the Old ... See full summary »

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The Old Man's fishing buddy
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Big Dickie Bumpus
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Storyline

It is now summer in the Parker family and the usual number of events is happening in their separate lives. Ralphie is searching for the perfect top to use to beat the school bully, the Old Man is in battle with their hillbilly neighbors (the Bumpuses) while eagerly awaiting the discovery of the perfect fishing spot, and Mother is attempting to collect all of the pieces of a glass china set at a local movie theater. Written by Richard Webner

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Rated PG for some mild language and racy drawings | See all certifications »
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23 September 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

My Summer Story  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$70,936 (USA)
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Trivia

"My Summer Story" was intended to be the film's original title before MGM, presumably fearing unfair comparisons to A Christmas Story (1983), retitled it to disassociate it from its predecessor. By the time the film reached video, it reverted back to its former title. See more »

Goofs

Ralph's father mentions that the "Exposition" is going to open soon. The Century of Progress Exposition, a.k.a. The Chicago World's Fair, opened on May 27, 1933, when Jean Shepherd was 11 years old. The movie takes place in summer, not spring. See more »

Quotes

The Old Man: Women! You can't live with 'em - and you can't live with 'em!
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References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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Not as good as Chrismas Story but entertaining enough.
14 March 2004 | by (New Orleans, Louisiana) – See all my reviews

I am a huge fan of A Christmas Story and was unaware that Bob Clarke had filmed more of Jean Shepherds work until I listened to the commentary track on the Christmas Story DVD. I had read peoples comments here and been a little concerned by its 5/10 score. I still wanted to see it for myself so I picked up a copy on VHS for £1.00. With all our VCRs now replaced with DVD players we only have one VCR in the house so I didnt get to watch this til after midnight one Sunday night. Whilst not brilliant and no where near as good as Christmas Story (but I guess thats because this isnt about Christmas!) I found this film to be a very delightful piece of light-hearted entertainment. Yes the choice of actors dont seem to be as memorable but thats probably because Ive watched Christmas Story hundreds of times. Dont expect any huge moments, but this is a perfect lazy day nostalgic movie. The adults will probably enjoy it more than the kids though.


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