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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 entirely different (save for Tedde Moore, who returns as Miss Shields). Jean Shepherd, whose autobiographical stories provided the basis for both movies, narrates, as he had for A Christmas Story. Kieran Culkin stars as Ralphie Parker, along with Charles Grodin and Mary Steenburgen as his parents.

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 dramedy film of the same name starring Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas, and their 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 (in the original story, Scut was the top-wielding bully and Lug is nowhere to be seen, but then, the original bully that Ralphie beat up was Grover Dill, since Scut had yet to appear in that tale).
  • The '40s: The film takes place during the summer of 1941.
  • Nostalgic Narrator: Adult Ralphie, again voiced by Jean Shepherd.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s): My Summer Story