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Film / It Runs in the Family

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A 1994 sequel to the classic A Christmas Story. Director Bob Clark returned, but the cast was totally different (except for Miss Shields). Jean Shepherd, whose autobiographical stories provided the basis for both movies, narrates, as he had for A Christmas Story. It was Charles Grodin's final film for more than 15 years until he returned in The Ex.

Not to be confused with the 2003 film It runs in the family starring Kirk Douglas and his family.


Tropes applying to the film

  • Barbaric Bully: Averted. The new bully, Lug, uses tops to attain dominance, rather than physical violence (though he's still labelled the worst bully at Warren G. Harding Elementary by Adult Ralphie). It's likely that he learned from the Scut Farkus affair that marks who are roughed up can quickly turn the tables. Speaking of whom, Scut Farkus, after the incident, was demoted to "bully, second class", and now he and Grover Dill have become Lug's long-suffering toadies.
  • Shot in the Ass: Ralphie at one point gets shot in the ass with his own Red Rider BB gun.
  • Super Strength: Big Dicky of the redneck gang that makes a conflict with the old man can tear the porch right off of a house.


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