[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
When your Dad's an undertaker, your Mom's in heaven, and your Grandma's got a screw loose...it's good to have a friend who understands you. Even if he is a boy.
Vada Sultenfuss is obsessed with death. Her mother is dead, and her father runs a funeral parlor. She is also in love with her English teacher, and joins a poetry class over the summer just to impress him. Thomas J., her best friend, is "allergic to everything", and sticks with Vada despite her hangups. When Vada's father hires Shelly, and begins to fall for her, things take a turn to the worse...
I hate bees.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Vada Sultenfuss - probably the best name in cinema history.
When My Girl was released in 1991, I was eleven going on twelve, roughly the same age as the key protagonists in the film. If you weren't around in the early 90s, it's hard to relate how big a deal Macaulay Culkin was. From an episode of The Equalizer and a Michael Jackson music video through to films like Uncle Buck and Home Alone, he was seriously hot property with a Midas Touch and an appeal to kids across the globe.
Imagine then, the effect the rumour had when it finally broke that in the new movie My Girl, Culkin dies?
He dies of bee stings.
This was clearly a…
On one level this is a film about an 11-year-old girl who had a mother who died in childbirth, has a father who runs a funeral parlor, and who is afraid of death. This is a great premise, and reminds me a lot of Mermaids, one of my favorite films of all-time, with shades of Harold & Maude in Vada's uncomfortable fixation on the different ways she could die.
On another level, it's a quirky, cute coming-of-age tale. The film was initially rated PG-13 by the MPAA, unsurprising considering the morbid themes, but the studio successfully appealed to get it re-rated PG. Which tells me one thing: they wanted to sell this as a family film. I suspect the voiceover (which…
"He can't see without his glasses. Put his glasses on!"
Gets me everytime.
Part of A Film A Day
Now this is a film I've been meaning to see since I got into watching films, but never really got around to. I had heard remarks along the lines of "this is the cutest film ever." And you know what? "My Girl" is actually extremely emotionally driven, and it presents a rather lighthearted view into the coming-of-age of this girl. Is it a technically genius film? Not even close! But it's entertaining enough, and emotional enough for this film to be a success.
"Feel my aura."
"I don't think I'm allowed to."
(Justin and Vada)
I was actually torn between 4 and 4.5 stars. Well, my sister rates it 4.5, and I'm sure she loves it more than I do, so 4 stars it is!
I think there kind of were three phases for me with this movie.
1. I first saw it at age 12 or maybe 13 I think, I liked it, and I've seen it more often than I can count back at that time I think
2. Then, a few years later, there might have been a phase where I was too "cool" for it. I'm not completely sure of this, but I think there was.
3. Then again…
I first heard about this movie, about 5 years ago. It was playing on YTV (basically the Canadian Nickelodeon), but I only caught about 5 minutes of it. I thought it looked corny and boring. Today I was looking up good coming of age movies to watch, and I decided to watch this one. I'm very glad I watched it because My Girl is one very special movie. It may not have the best acting, and it may be cheesy at some parts, but at its core it is a very deep and mature film about growing up, life and death, and the loss of innocence that really resonated with me.
My Girl gets off to a great start. Within…
A really sad story about first love and allergies.
The amount of schmaltz in this movie is enough to drown a midwestern housewife.
There's something incredibly offensive about transparent attempts to wring tears out of an audience, and this movie's full of 'em.
Anna Chlumsky - the cutie
I'm terrified of bees, so this film has a place in my heart. Released the year I was born, I used to watch this often when I was younger and always idolised Anna Chlumsky and Macaulay Culkin's friendship. It's such a sweet and heartbreaking film.
an emotional movie about the world of children - Dan Akroyd is good as always and it feels like a 'family movie', but one with a message!
Weak storyline, but for me still a classic as it was part of my childhood. And makes me cry like a baby to this day
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
I love movies that go through jarring genre shifts or exponentially crazy plot progression, so I decided to gather some…