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It Runs in the Family (1994)

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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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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)  »

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My Summer Story  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$70,936 (USA)
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Trivia

Tedde Moore, who plays Miss Shields, is the only person from A Christmas Story (1983) to reprise her role for the sequel (that is, outside of Jean Shepherd narrating as an adult Ralphie). See more »

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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 »

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Ralph as an Adult: The Old Man was having the time of his life being miserable. It was what he did best.
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Follows The Phantom of the Open Hearth (1976) See more »

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Liked it, has alternate name
24 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw it as "It Runs in the Family".

I found it very funny. Midwest Gothic humor I guess and I enjoy that and if you like Jean Shepard you'll like this. But also maybe because I didn't try to compare it with "A Christmas Story". It involves one kid's summer in Indiana, trying to outfox the local bully and dealing with the unspoken world of adults. Shepard's crystal clear descriptions of growing up with stand offs and quirky battles. The sets and settings are done perfectly, with all the humid reality of a Midwest summer.

I thought Grodin and Steenbergen were great, along with one of the Caulkin kids. I missed the first part, but still enjoyed it.


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