My Summer Story

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Overview

My Summer Story is the video title for It Runs in the Family. Based on the writings of humorist
aconteur Jean Shepherd, the film was the long-awaited sequel to the 1984 "sleeper" A Christmas Story. Set in the 1940s, the story is told from the point-of-view of Ralphie Parker Kieran Culkin, who watches in bemusement as "The Old Man" Charles Grodin carries on a long-running feud with their hillbilly neighbors, the Bumpus family. Mary Steenburgen is cast as Ralphie's ditsy mom. Also...
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Overview

My Summer Story is the video title for It Runs in the Family. Based on the writings of humorist
aconteur Jean Shepherd, the film was the long-awaited sequel to the 1984 "sleeper" A Christmas Story. Set in the 1940s, the story is told from the point-of-view of Ralphie Parker Kieran Culkin, who watches in bemusement as "The Old Man" Charles Grodin carries on a long-running feud with their hillbilly neighbors, the Bumpus family. Mary Steenburgen is cast as Ralphie's ditsy mom. Also appearing is yet another celebrity sibling, Christian Culkin. Jean Shepherd himself narrates, as he did in the earlier film, while the direction is in the hands of A Christmas Story's Bob Clark.
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Editorial Reviews

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My Summer Story, originally titled It Runs in the Family, returns enough ingredients from the holiday classic A Christmas Story for what should be a worthwhile sequel, another nostalgic trip into the Midwest of the 1940s. Narrator/book author Jean Shepherd, who based the Ralphie Parker character on himself, is back to give absurdist voice to Ralphie's thoughts; the production design is again fondly recreated; director Bob Clark reprises his role; and most of the new cast are reasonable facsimiles of the actors from the original. One bit of new casting, however, is a dreadful misstep from which the movie never recovers. Many fans of A Christmas Story have a special fondness for "the old man" as played by Darren McGavin, who made frustration a hilariously relatable emotion. Filling McGavin's big shoes is Charles Grodin, who turns Mr. Parker into a one-note boor, barking and bloviating endlessly, without espousing a single logical viewpoint. Grodin couldn't have been less nuanced if he tried, and his ridiculous behavior causes us to actually side with -- gasp -- the Bumpuses. Speaking of the Parkers' hillbilly neighbors, who were represented in the original only by their multitude of mangy hounds, the Bumpuses lose some of their priceless mystique here, when given a physical presence as characters. The old man's inexplicably fervent campaign against them is just one of this film's non-functioning vignettes, and just one of many script problems. The object of Ralphie's attentions is now a spinning top, rather than a BB gun, but that top only factors into the narrative sporadically; the rest of the celluloid is squandered on a bunch of aimless fishing episodes and attempts by Ralphie's mother to get free dinnerware, strung together in no particular order. These events may take place in the summer, but they hardly constitute a story.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/1/2006
  • UPC: 883904130680
  • Original Release: 1994
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Grodin The Old Man
Mary Steenburgen Mom
Kieran Culkin Ralphie Parker
Christian Culkin
Al Mancini Zudoc
Troy Evans Gertz
Roy Brocksmith Assessor
Bernard Canepari Neighbor #1
Frank Collison Floyd Bumpus
Robert Dickman Clovis Bumpus
Wayne Grace Emil Bumpus
Whitby Hertford Lug Ditka
Ida Lee Grandma Bumpus
T.J. McInturff Grover Dill
Tedde Moore Miss Shields
Michael Mott Fisherman
Dick O'Neill Pulaski
Jack Ong Mr. Won Lung
Chris Owen Scott Farkus
William Preston Grandpa Bumpus
Antonia Rey Gypsy Woman
Glenn Shadix Leopold Doppler
Jean Shepherd Voice Only
Darwyn Swalve Big Dickie Bumpus
Scott Thomson Delbert Bumpus
John Voldstad Ace Bumpus
Ken West Neighbor #3
Technical Credits
Bob Clark Director, Screenwriter
Leigh Brown Screenwriter
Stan Cole Editor
Rene Dupont Producer
Stephen M. Katz Cinematographer
Marci Liroff Casting
Betty Pecha Madden Costumes/Costume Designer
John Myhre Production Designer
Harry Pottle Production Designer
Jean Shepherd Screenwriter
Paul Zaza Score Composer
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  • Posted January 6, 2012

    Great movie

    Like it better than Christmas story

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    As always, not as good as orginal, but enjoyable.

    I had viewed this movie years ago and kept telling my friends and family about a sequil to A CHRISTMAS STORY, but did not know the name of it. The associates at B&N helped me find the name and order the DVD. Thanks B&N.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not as good as original movie!!

    I remembered seeing this on one prior occasion and had forgotten about it. Not as good as "Christmas Story"....missed the original cast, but "Christmas Story" has been overdone with the marathons on Christmas Eve. Waiting for the episode where they go on a summer vacation to the cabin.

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    Posted December 9, 2009

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    Posted August 19, 2009

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