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My Girl

Published October 5, 2019

My Girl

Film info

  • Title My Girl
  • Director Howard Zieff
  • Year 1992
  • Run time 1hr 42m
  • Genres Comedy, Drama
  • Tagline It's good to have a friend who understand you, even if he is a boy

A coming-of-age story starring Dan Ackroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin and newcomer Anna Chlumsky, My Girl is an irresistible story of first love and loss. Chlumsky makes an extraordinary acting debut as Vada Sultenfuss, a precocious 11-year-old tomboy obsessed with death. Dan Ackroyd is her widowed father, the town mortician and Jamie Lee Curtis is the sexy cosmetician he employs. Macaulay Culkin, in another endearing performance, is Thomas J., the boy next door who idolises Vada. Their summer adventures from first kiss to last farewell which introduces Vada to the world of adolescence.

Live blog

TimeComment
3:35She’s rocking the double denim.
7:02It must be weird for a kid to grow up in this environment - but can’t decide if it’s good or bad.
11:25On this evidence, not a good thing.
14:17Weirdest dinner table ever. That’d put you right off the job.
21:57Jamie Lee’s clothes are SO seventies.
23:46He literally asked for a cookie, seconds before leaving for lunch. Kids.
25:36“I paid the money.”
30:48Why would you go fishing if you don’t like fish?
34:20See, I’d agree you can’t wear enough eyeshadow, but I’m really not on board with it being blue.
35:02“Is your lip bleeding?”
41:21I like his bingo strategy.
41:31“Watch bingo? I don’t even like to play bingo.”
49:17Sultenfuss is such a non-Hollywood name.
54:17What an opportunity to put anything in the shopping cart!
1:01:17Sure, let’s just throw rocks at the bees.
1:02:39“Let’s go on the sit-on-the-bench-and-rest ride.”
1:11:38“Get out of here, and don’t come back for 5-7 days.” Amazing!
1:20:42Aww, I forgot the sadness.
1:24:52I can’t believe they made baby Macauly Culkin lie in a coffin.
1:35:24It changed colour!

Thoughts

I’ve seen this before, maybe a couple of times, but not for many years. I hadn’t remembered that it was so sad, but it’s such a good afternoon-mood movie. It’s your lovely family comedy drama, a bit quirky in places, but perfect for being under the duvet with a cold (and definitely more in our style than The Revenant!)

Anna Chlumsky is brilliant from start to finish, she really grabs your attention with her hypochondria and bossiness and general excellent confidence that hides an underlying fear about death and the role she plays in her family. And with the rest of the cast doing an equally good job, there’s very little to complain about with this one. I didn’t know they had made a sequel and I’m curious to see how that one plays out!

Rating: 4 / 5

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