5.6/10
1,421
34 user 11 critic

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 »

Director:

Bob Clark

Writers:

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

Photos

Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Did You Know?

Trivia

"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 »

Goofs

The bottles of Budweiser are of the current 1994 model and not the correct 1940's model. See more »

Quotes

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
See more »

User Reviews

Ruined by Bad Casting.
11 December 2006 | by dalbrechSee all my reviews

This film is a good example of how not to make a sequel. That Bob Clark who did such a perfect casting "A Christmas Story" should have blown this vital aspect of the film is beyond understanding. Charles Grodin is just terrible as the Old Man. Kieran Culkin who plays Ralphie is not quite as horrid,but is still a sad comparison with Billingsly in the original.One wonders if he was not cast because he was the brother of another kid actor who had a huge Christmas hit. Only Mary Steenburgen as Mom does a decent job,and even she is not quite as good as Melinda Dillon did in the original. In addition to the casting mistakes,but other wrong decisions were made.Showing the Bumpasses for no good reason is a prime example.They were so much funnier left to the imagination (except for he dogs) in the original. All in all,Bob CLark should have known better.


5 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 34 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It Runs in the Family See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$70,936

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,936
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page



Recently Viewed