Grodin was wonderful in the part, as was everyone else, right down to the smallest role....this is a family film, funny enough for the adults, entertaining and relatable to children. (A neighbor's son called it the "best boy movie ever" and actually asked where he could get marbles....and a Killer Top, two of many recurring themes in the movie....while his father said he actually found the plot very "soul restoring".....)
The film was not a critical success but has developed a tremendous cult following on DVD and cable....especially among parents seeking less intense, violent and computerized content for their children. You'll find it at Walmart...
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.
The film takes place in the summer of 1941, after the events of A Christmas Story, which took place in December 1940. It has several plot lines, one each for Ralphie, his father, and his mother, followed by a recurring subplot involving him and his dad on a fishing trip....READ MORE ABOUT IT HERE.
It's definitely one for your film library.
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