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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 »


Bob Clark


Jean Shepherd (novels) (as J. Shepherd), Jean Shepherd (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Grodin ... Mr. Parker (The Old Man)
Kieran Culkin ... Ralph 'Ralphie' Parker
Mary Steenburgen ... Mrs. Parker (Mother)
Christian Culkin Christian Culkin ... Randy Parker
Al Mancini ... Zudoc, The Old Man's fishing buddy
Troy Evans ... The Old Man's fishing buddy
Roy Brocksmith ... Mr. Winchell the Assessor
Glenn Shadix ... Leopold Doppler, Manager of Orpheum Theater
Dick O'Neill ... Pulaski, Shopkeeper
Wayne Grace ... Emil Bumpus
Tedde Moore Tedde Moore ... Miss Shields, Ralphie's Teacher
Whit Hertford ... Lug Ditka (as Whitby Hertford)
Geoffrey Wigdor ... Flick
David Zahorsky David Zahorsky ... Schwartz
Darwyn Swalve 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) See more »

Also Known As:

My Summer Story See more »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

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 they are at the exposition, The San Diego LDS Temple (dedicated in 1993) is clearly visible in the background for a brief second. 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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Followed by A Christmas Story 2 (2012) See more »

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A formula sequel film
27 May 2005 | by jaymaloneySee all my reviews

"A Christmas Story" is one of many people's all-time most beloved films. ACS was able to take the viewer to a time and a place in such a way that very few films ever have. It had a sweetness and goodwill to it that is rare.

So I awaited (and awaited) its sequel, "It Runs In The Family" . The film was almost released a couple of times, only to be pulled at the last minute. When it finally came out, IRITF was (and is, I guess) a total failure.

The sets and cinematography were just fine, but the directing totally, completely missed the mark. The film was nothing more than a cash-flow formula of lazy casting, lazy writing, and disconnected acting.

The narrator, Jean Shepard, who was one of America's great humorists and story-tellers, forced upon us a false reprise of the warm wit he used in ACS. He over-emoted, and why he did that I'll never know. He somehow managed to become an annoying, overwrought parody of himself.

The writing and acting in IRITF is inauthentic and forced. The actors may have seen ACS, but whatever wit and nuance that was in ACS mustn't have registered at all on any of them. The acting was embarrassingly slapstick and bereft of any of Shepard's dry humor.

ACS will always be a real treasure, but to call IRITF a sequel is to insult all of the fans of Jean Shepard and ACS.

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