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)
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

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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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 »


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 »


The Old Man: Women! You can't live with 'em - and you can't live with 'em!
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Followed by A Christmas Story 2 (2012) See more »

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I Beg to Differ ..
3 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this movie when it premiered on the movie channels as a kid. I hadn't even seen A Christmas Story yet and with that in mind I didn't demean this movie just because it didn't compare. I found it quite humorous and I love how it goes beyond the first movie and more into the craziness of their family once I finally watched ACS. It is an excellent movie for kids and adults, especially those that are still kids at heart. I was actually trying to track this title down so I can purchase it on DVD. Seeing the only comment left on this movie was disheartening and I wanted to express my opinion for this wonderful movie.

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