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It Runs in the Family (1994)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Culkin ...
Al Mancini ...
Zudoc, The Old Man's fishing buddy
The Old Man's fishing buddy
Mr. Winchell the Assessor
Leopold Doppler, Manager of Orpheum Theater
Pulaski, Shopkeeper
Emil Bumpus
Tedde Moore ...
Miss Shields, Ralphie's Teacher
Lug Ditka (as Whitby Hertford)
Geoffrey Wigdor ...
David Zahorsky ...
Darwyn Swalve ...
Big Dickie Bumpus


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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Comedy | Family

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Rated PG for some mild language and racy drawings | See all certifications »




Release Date:

23 September 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

My Summer Story  »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


"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 »


When Barkley summons the Bumpus hounds, they run out the front door and fall into mud, because the porch is missing. They are seen crawling out of the mud, with mud all over their legs. In the next shot when they are chasing Barkley, there is not a trace of mud on them. See more »


The Old Man: Women! You can't live with 'em - and you can't live with 'em!
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Follows Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss (1988) See more »

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Not as good as Chrismas Story but entertaining enough.
14 March 2004 | by 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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