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September 23, 1994

My Summer Story (originally released in theaters as It Runs in the Family) is a 1994 comedy film directed by Bob Clark that serves as a sequel to his 1983 film A Christmas Story. Like the previous film, it is based on semi-autobiographical stories by Jean Shepherd, primarily from his book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash.

The opening makes direct reference to the events of A Christmas Story, and the ending narration strongly parallels it; production delays forced most of the characters to be recast. Charles Grodin stars as the Old Man (Mr. Parker), Mary Steenburgen plays Mrs. Parker and Kieran Culkin as Ralphie. Shepherd provides the narration, just as he had done for A Christmas Story.


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