IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY is a belated sequel of sorts to the 1983 movie A CHRISTMAS STORY. Bob Clark directed both films, based on humorist Jean Shepherd's memoirs about growing up in the 1940s, but the sequel retains only vestiges of the charm and bizarre humor which made the original a
surprise cult favorite.
Although it employs different actors than did the earlier picture, IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY takes another look at the Parker family: Dad, known only as The Old Man (Charles Grodin), Mom (Mary Steenburgen), elder son Ralphie (Kieran Culkin), and his younger brother Randy (Christian Culkin). The time
frame is a "memorable" summer marked by a feud with hillbill...