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My Summer Story (1994)

Charles Grodin , Kieran Culkin , Bob Clark  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charles Grodin, Kieran Culkin, Mary Steenburgen, Christian Culkin, Al Mancini
  • Directors: Bob Clark
  • Writers: Bob Clark, Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown
  • Producers: Gary Goch, Jean Shepherd, René Dupont
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: August 1, 2006
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,579 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Summer Story" on IMDb

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This sequel to the wildly successful "A Christmas Story" traces Ralphie's summer transition from boyhood to young adulthood, aided by his eccentric family. Based on the novels of Jean Shepherd, the novelist and famous radio personality of the 1950's 60's and 70's. The film is narrated by Jean Shepherd, in the same familial voice that made him such a beloved radio star.

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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
Ralph Parker is the 10-year-old Indiana boy you may remember from a little film called "A Christmas Story". Well, from his following summer comes "My Summer Story", the tale of Ralph's search for the ultimate killer top to defeat the new head bully, Lug Ditka, the Old Man's war with their hillbilly neighbors, the Bumpuses, Mom's gravy boat incident at the Orpheum Theater, a trip to the World Exposition, and that all-important first summer of fishing with the Old Man and his buddies.

Before I get into assessing "My Summer Story", class, does everyone here realize that Ralph Parker and his family "existed" well before the American holiday favorite, "A Christmas Story"? To date, there have, in fact, been 6 films about Ralphie, Randy, Mom, the Old Man, Flick Schwartz, and company. Three of them even aired before "A Christmas Story" was even released. I say "aired" because, in fact, 4 of the other Ralphie films were made for PBS's American Playhouse, airing in 1976, 1982, 1983 (okay, not truly sure which appeared first in this case, as A Christmas Story was released in '83 as well), a much later one in 1989, and then there was the feature film sequel we are reviewing here in 1994. You may remember seeing these other Ralphie movies throughout the years on Disney Channel replays. These wonderful films were all based on the writings and radio stories of a true king of all media, Jean Shepherd.

One of America's greatest humorists, Shep's semi-autobiographical tales of the Parker family probably appeal to most because of something he actually claimed to be against (yeah, right), nostalgia.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A DECENT FOLLOW-UP, UNFAIRLY COMPARED WITH. . . September 2, 1999
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. . .well, you know, A CHRISTMAS STORY. And that, my friends, is where we all go wrong when we see a flick that's closely related to what's now a family classic. This movie is not nearly as sophisticated as it's predecessor and we can pick it apart for all it's worth just because it's so different. Personally, I'd like to have seen Darren McGavin play the Dad again but hey, Grodin holds up well and if seen as a separate movie on it's own, it has lots of funny vignettes that are all in Shepherd's stories. I thought the funniest scene was when the Bumpus's come dancing over to their horrified neighbor's house. This is a very funny FAMILY picture that can be watched with no qualms about language, subject matter and yet, it's an adult's view of growing up in the 40's. Don't let cynical naysayers keep you from trying this SMALL CLASSIC.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not His Best, But Still Worth Having January 3, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Jean Shepherd was a sadly under rated talent. Although this may not be his best material -- his book, "Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories" contains his finest stories -- so much of his work was live ephemeral radio broadcasts that any of it fixed into a more durable form is worth having. In that sense, this video is a "must-have" for Shepherd fans, even if the acting and production aren't up to the standards of his earlier film, "A Christmas Story." It's still a good film, full of humor that can be appreciated at almost any level by almost anyone. If it's not his best, so what? Few writers or comedians today could equal even a mediocre Shepherd effort.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome flick! April 7, 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This movie was better than a Christmas Story! It was funnier and more focused! It is such a shame that it is so underrated by everyone! Seriously buy or watch this movie! BTW, when are we going to see a DVD of My Summer Story?! I would pay bucks for that!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An excellent follow up to Christmas story March 19, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I wasn't expecting much when I bought this movie from all the bad reviews, but was very pleasantly suprised. I can't understand why so many have panned this movie! Its great! In some ways its better than Xmas story, I think the actors were wonderful in this one. If you've never heard of Jean Shepherd or Xmas story maybe you wont get much out of this movie, but for Shep fans like me, you WILL love it!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful funny film for kids and adults March 11, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
My kids and I loved the prequel to this, A Christmas Story, and My Summer Story is certainly different, but all in all, it's a wonderful, funny, quirky, film. The reviews quoted here don't do it justice. This is one of the few movies I can watch with the kids almost as often as they watch it, mostly to see Mary Steenburgen throwing the gravy boats, and seeing the little brother catching and eating his goldfish..."a man gets to eat what he catches!" says Dad, played by Charles Grodin. It's a great movie moment. I think I'm going to have to buy this one.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It really is Indiana in the 1940s. January 2, 2002
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Format:VHS Tape
Charles Grodin isn't Darren McGavin, but Mary Steenbergen is great as the mother. The movie does a great job of picking up Indiana in the 1940s -- the visit by the tax assessor itself is worth the price. I'm from the southern part of the state and Jean Shepherd was from the north ('da region,' as Hoosiers would have it) and he was a little older than me -- but he has the language, situations, etc., nailed again, just as he did in "Christmas Story."
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Summer Story May 31, 2001
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This film is as funny and entertaining as "A Christmas Story." There is a third one that is actually my personal favorite called "Ollie Hoopnoodles Haven of Bliss." All three films remind us of when life was fun and simple with time to play. It gives us a fun perspective of life. I highly recommend all three. There is a web site for Jean Sheperd(author)fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 1 month ago by barbara farley
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
Bought this as a gift for grandpa, he laughs every time he watches it. Best gift ever! Yes, I would recommend this.
Published 5 months ago by From Missouri
5.0 out of 5 stars Side Splitting!
Christmas Story was great, but Charles Grodin's character was hilarious in this movie. I laughed so hard I thought I'd pass out. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Marie Fullmer
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
what I was looking for. will tell my friends when searching for items to always always always check amazon first.
Published 12 months ago by cozmic
5.0 out of 5 stars a riot
Anything by Jean Shepherd will leave you rolling in the aisles. This is no exception. One not to be missed
Published 12 months ago by msmartha
4.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Comedy, I Have to Love Jean Shepherd!
It's the last day of school in the steel town of Hohman, Indiana, six months after the happenings of "A Christmas Story". Read more
Published 12 months ago by Happy Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Wife Wanted thi video
My wife wanted this DVD, since we have two boys. Our boys are all grown up, but we still get to see some of the kid advanced in this family movie. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ronald K. Ridley
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie
Nothing compares to A Christmas Story but I enjoy anything Jean Shepard writes. Will definately watch it again each summer.
Published 14 months ago by H. Girman
5.0 out of 5 stars Top favorite movie
If you like the movie "christmas story" this is not about christmas at all but its along the lines. Just gotta watch it to appreciate it! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Hop Hop Hop
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
This is a wonderful, timeless DVD that is wholesome, funny and can be enjoyed by children of all ages . I would highly recommend it.
Published 17 months ago by Iamgeandart
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