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

Look over my right shoulder.


Look over my left shoulder.

Very good.

You know, Mr Gromberg,

you're not gonna want to hear this,

but for a man of your age,

less than year after a stroke,

you are in remarkable shape.

My damn ticker - boom, boom,

boom, boom - a mile a minute.

Well, your cardiogram

showed no abnormalities.

Blood pressure high?

Your blood pressure?

Better than mine.

- How about my liver?

- Your liver's holding up perfectly.

- Kidneys?

- Fine.

- What about this?

- What?

What? This?

That's dry skin, Mr Gromberg.

It's not cancer.

Say, "Ah".

So, are you still seeing

your speech therapist?

No. She talks worse than I do.

Well, I hate to tell you this,

Mr Gromberg,

but it looks like

you still have a few good years left.

A few good years?

How do you know?

Do you talk to the man upstairs?

Hey, Gromberg,

what's that supposed to be?

A sensei.

- A what?

- A sensei. A karate sensei.

Oh, yeah? Has your karate guy

ever seen a pair of these before?

Morning. I'd like you to join me

in welcoming back your classmate,

Abigail Staley.

Most of you have known her

since kindergarten.

Is there something you'd care to

share with us, gentlemen?

So, no matter what you've heard

over the last couple of months,

I know that you will be

kind and considerate.

Isn't that right, Mr Cooper? Abby?

What the hell are you looking at?


what the hell are you lookin' at?

Gromberg, I am going to have the

Martine agreement in time, aren't I?

Gromberg, I am going to have the

Martine agreement in time, aren't I?

I am working on it as we speak,


- Just checking.

- Sure thing.


Alex? I have your wife on line two.

- What time are Martine getting here?

- Any minute.


- Yeah, hi, Bec.

- Hi.

I have five minutes between patients.

I just needed a moment of sanity.

So you're calling me?

Am I on speaker phone?

Sorry, I'm up to my ass

with this Martine thing.

Your parents are coming

at 6:
30. Don't be late.

They're bringing Uncle Stephen.

Better get out the body bags.

I'll pick up some matzo on my way

home after the soup kitchen.

- Got a minute?

- Oh, Deb, please!

This is Rosario.

She's the sister-in-law to

Marielena, who cleans my house.

It's very nice to meet you.

If you'll excuse me...

Rosario has a problem.

She lives with her four sons,

her sister, her sister's husband

and their three kids.

They haven't had hot water

for three months.

They just made it

through winter without heat.

Almost made it through.

Her father just passed away

from pneumonia.

I'm sorry about your dad, but I

don't know what you want me to do.

I haven't done public advocacy stuff

in years.

It's what you should be doing.

All right, Rosario. I'll take a look

at this. I'll see what I can do.

No problem.

Is someone coming to pick you up,

Mrs Gromberg?

My grandson.

Let us know

if you need a taxi.

You shouldn't be walking.

I have two grandsons.

Eli's the youngest. He's 11.

He's Pappy's favourite.

Asher's the one who's picking me up.

I didn't want him to bother,

but my son insisted.

Asher's very laid-out.


Oh. Back?

Oh, right. Laid-back.

Are you among the living today,

Mr Gromberg?

I'm here, man. Ask away.

What do you wanna know?

I asked if you had any thoughts

on Mr Stein's one-act play,

Three Kikes and a Heeb.

I mean,

to tell you the truth, sir,

I was completely blown away

by this piece of material here.

I mean, Stein, man,

that part where the antagonist

antagonises the protagonist?

- That was rock solid, man.

- What is he talking about?

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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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