Imagine Garrison Keillor narrating a series of Norman Rockwell paintings and you’ll have a very good idea of what My Summer Story is all about. Nostalgic and gently humorous, this sequel to 1983’s A Christmas Story continues the adventures of Ralph Parker in the prepubescent universe of bullies, parents, best friends, and no girls.
Derived from the folksy, avuncular works of Jean Shepherd, it's a movie in search of a story, characters and a reason to exist. In this quest, it goes 0 for 3. It's like watching Jell-O harden, then melt, only not quite so much fun. [23 Sep 1994]