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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Culkin ...
Al Mancini ...
The Old Man's fishing buddy
Roy Brocksmith ...
Mr. Winchell the Assessor
Pulaski, Shopkeeper
Emil Bumpus
Tedde Moore ...
Lug Ditka (as Whitby Hertford)
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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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)


$70,936 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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"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 »


In the gravy boat riot sequence, Orpheum Theater Manager Leopold Doppler announces that part of the movie bill is a documentary on the exports of Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur is a city, not a country; it was the capital of the British colony of Malaya (now known as Malayasia). The major trading port in the region was Singapore. See more »


Mrs. Parker: Ralphie you are going to get it!
Ralph 'Ralphie' Parker: What did I do?
Mrs. Parker: Don't give me that you tied Randy's feet together!
Ralph 'Ralphie' Parker: Well he put his turtle in my oatmeal
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Follows A Christmas Story (1983) See more »

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A funny movie
20 August 2002 | by (San Francisco, California, USA) – See all my reviews

A funny movie, while not as good as A Christmas Story, it has it's own silly feel and manages to stay in the same mold as its predecessor. So if you liked A Christmas Story, you'll probably enjoy this one as well, even if you've watched A Christmas Story your entire life :)

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