• It Runs in the Family (1994)

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Release Date: September 23rd, 1994

DVD Release Date: January 31st, 2006

PG|1 hr 25 min

Plot Summary
In this sequel to "A Christmas Story," Ralphie Parker (Kieran Culkin) struggles to find the perfect spinning top with which to defeat his old rival, Scut Farkus (Chris Owen). Meanwhile, Mrs. Parker (Mary Steenburgen) butts heads with the owner of a new movie theater over a series of questionable giveaways. And, as the Old Man (Charles Grodin) spends the summer teaching Ralphie to fish, the rivalry rages on between the Parkers and their boisterous neighbors, the Bumpus family.

Cast: Charles Grodin, Kieran Culkin, Mary Steenburgen, Christian Culkin, Al Mancini, Troy Evans, Roy Brocksmith, Glenn Shadix

Director: Bob Clark

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Distributors: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Every scene in this oppressive film has a theme or didactic purpose, but little life.

  • Manages to sidestep the potential overload of cheap sentimentality -- an intimate dance between an elderly couple registers with heartbreaking sweetness -- and evokes a lingering sense of loss. show more

  • Never quite transcends its movie-of-the-week trappings. But either you're glad to have spent time with these three generations or you aren't. Bottom line: I was. show more

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