It Runs in the Family

Synopsis: It is now summer in the Parker family and the usual number of events is happening in their separate lives. Ralphie is searching for the perfect top to use to beat the school bully, the Old Man is in battle with their hillbilly neighbors (the Bumpuses) while eagerly awaiting the discovery of the perfect fishing spot, and Mother is attempting to collect all of the pieces of a glass china set at a local movie theater.
Genre: Comedy, Family
Director(s): Bob Clark
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
85 min

I explained that we don't give

seconds until everyone's had a turn.

She ain't gave me but a few carrots.

A man needs his vitamin E.

Vitamin A, but you're right,

it keeps the eyes sharp.

We can't serve seconds

till everybody gets firsts.

I'll tell you what I'm going to do.

You sit down and enjoy your meal,

and I'm gonna make a plate here.

And if you're still hungry,

you come on back here,

and this plate will be sittin'

waitin' for you, right, right here.

Aren't you the little peacemaker


They should give you an award.

They already have. Most dishes

washed, Lake Kiamasha, 1966.

Yeah, but not for how many you do.

It's for how damn good you look

when you do them.

- Wait a minute.

- What?

Don't tell me you haven't felt it.

- Felt what?

- The heat.

Between us. For weeks now.

All the steam. The chafing dishes.


I am so... wet.

- You know I'm married, Suzie.

- Yeah, I do. And so am I.

You are such a troublemaker.

Oh, but you see, I'm kinda worth it.

Oh, shit!

I can't do this.

I have evidence to the contrary.

You said if I was still hungry

Come on.

Thank you, no.

It's a little early for me.

What can I do to help?

The dishes. Don't break any.

You're such the happy helper

this evening, aren't you?

It's called survival, honey.

What an attractive neighbourhood.

Let me give you a kiss.

Let me take your coat.

Hi, Uncle Stephen. How are you?

- Hiya, Dad.

- How are you doing?

He's not deaf!

He's just demented.

Where are the boys?

- Where's Asher?

- He should be here any minute.

Move into the living room.

- Can I get you a drink?

- That'd be lovely.

Want the usual?

I'll have, this year, please...

...some real wine!

You don't like the kosher wine

we serve you?

You schlep me all the way down here.

At least give me wine

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Jean Shepherd

Jean Parker Shepherd, Jr. (July 26, 1921 – October 16, 1999) was an American storyteller, radio and TV personality, writer and actor. He was often referred to by the nickname Shep. With a career that spanned decades, Shepherd is known to modern audiences for the film A Christmas Story (1983), which he narrated and co-scripted, based on his own semi-autobiographical stories. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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