It Runs in the Family (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

It Runs in the Family1994

It Runs in the Family (1994)





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Based on the writings of Jean Shepard, this film was the sequel to the 1984 "sleeper" A Christmas Story. Set in the 1940s, the story is told from the point of view of Ralphie Parker, who watches in bemusement as his father carries on a feud with their hillbilly neighbors.


Kieran Culkin
as Eli Gromberg
Charles Grodin
as Mr. Parker
Mary Steenburgen
as Mrs. Parker
Christian Culkin
as Randy Parker
Troy Evans
as The Old Man's Fishing Buddy
Roy Brocksmith
as Mr. Winchell
Glenn Shadix
as Leopold Doppler
Dick O'Neill
as Pulaski
Wayne Grace
as Emil Bumpus
Tedde Moore
as Miss Shields
Whitby Hertford
as Lug Ditka
Whit Hertford
as Lug Ditka
Darwyn Swalve
as Big Dickie Bumpus
Marilyn Pitzer
as Ma Bumpus
Ida Lee
as Grandma Bumpus
John Volstad
as Ace Bumpus
Scott Thomson
as Delbert Bumpus
Frank Collison
as Floyd Bumpus
Antonia Rey
as Gypsy Woman
Robert Dickman
as Clovis Bumpus
Scott Thompson
as Delbert Bumpus
Anne Sayre
as Cassie Bumpus
Antonia Ray
as Gypsie Woman
Chris Owen
as Scut Farkus
T.J. McInturff
as Grover Dill
Annie Kitral
as Mrs. Kissel
Jack Ong
as Mr. Won Lung
Anthony Kiener
as Traffic Cop
Larry Ramey
as Auctioneer
Bernard Canepari
as 1st Neighbor
Anne Finnerty
as 2nd Neighbor
Ken West
as 3rd Neighbor
Dorothy Silver
as 4th Neighbor
Michael Mott
as Fisherman
Doug Hufnagle
as Man on Lake
Ariel Clark
as Marble Kid
Jonathan Goch
as Cinema Usher
Cassie Fichter
as Little Girl
Jean Shepherd
as Narration, Ralph (as an adult)
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Critic Reviews for It Runs in the Family

All Critics (2)

Pleasant and often amusing without ever recapturing the charm of A Christmas Story.

August 16, 2006 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for It Runs in the Family

Somehow this movie almost entirely revolves around the phenomena known as "tops". It's very similar to A Christmas Story without the christmas element. There's another obsession, almost sexual, with an inanimate object that is so overdone that it gets annoying really fast. The child acting is obviously better, almost entirely Culkins. Charles Grodin also did well with what he had. All in all, it's better than A Christmas Story, but not by much.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

THIS is what they consider to be the sequel to one of the absolute best Christmas movies of all time: "A Christmas Story". The worst possible 'sequel' they could've possibly made.

Jason Owens
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

Well, it's no CHRISTMAS STORY, but if you don't make that impossible comparison, it's not a bad movie on its own. And Grodin does a pretty impressive McGavin, by the way.

Steve B.
Steve B.

Super Reviewer

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