My Girl

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Released 1991

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Director:
Howard Zieff
Released:
1991
Rating:
PG

My Girl is a 1991 coming-of-age film written by Laurice Elehwany and directed by Howard Zieff. Set during the summer of 1972, the film chronicles Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chlumsky), an 11-year old tomboy, as she takes her first tentative steps into adolescence while also struggling to understand mortality. Vada's mother's death during her birth burdens her with a deep sense of grief and guilt. Her father, Harry (Dan Aykroyd) is a funeral director who operates out of the family home. Harry struggles as a single father raising a daughter, especially as she matures and begins to wrestle with her sexuality. When Harry begins to become romantically involved with a woman named Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis), Vada feels betrayed and takes it upon herself to do everything in her power to drive them apart. It takes another untimely tragedy to bring the father and daughter back together. My Girl also features Macaulay Culkin.

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The beauty in this film is in its directness. There are some obligatory scenes. But there are also some very original and touching ones. This is a movie that has its heart in the r...

  • 75

    Boston Globe Jay Carr

    My Girl is a pleasant surprise. It's sweet, offbeat and ultimately slight, but likable nevertheless for the emotional integrity it maintains in its story of a girl coming to terms ...

  • 75

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Newcomer Anna Chlumsky shines in My Girl, a movie sure to hit the same sort of high note among pre-teen girls that Home Alone hit among pre-teen boys. [27 Nov 1991, p.3F]

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Comedy, Drama, Kids

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Tweens, Family Dramas, Coming of Age, Dark Comedy, Pre-Teens