“I used to like to play with my Ken and Barbie dolls. Ken was my favorite. Then one Christmas I got them a camper and all they wanted to do was hang out in it by themselves. So I wasn’t too upset when they took that wrong turn and went over the cliff.” – Vada
Number of Times Seen – Between 3 and 5 times (Theater in ’91, cable and 30 May 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A young girl growing up in a rural Pennsylvania town in the 1970’s deals with the ups and downs of life.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing in the theater when it came out and it has always touched me due to the way that the story and characters are developed.
Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis are both great in the roles of the adults in the film but they are easily outshone by the kids played by Anna Chlumsky and Macauley Culkin who are so enjoyable to watch here.
This is a film that is both a coming of age tale and one that shows that no matter your age, you will face difficulties in life and must find a way to overcome them; each in their own way.
This is a film that does a wonderful job blending together both fun and nostalgic moments that remind us of our youth while also not shying away from more dramatic moments that are always lingering just around the corner.
The movie’s setting and dialogue really help transport us back to a more innocent time and that helps make things feel even more personal and emotional as this story unfolds.
Bottom Line – Really enjoyable film that works as both a coming of age film and one that shows how to deal with the things that life throws us along the way. Aykroyd and Curtis are both great here, but this film is stolen by Chlumsky and Culkin who are the heart of this story. The story knows how to blend fun moments with dramatic ones that show the changes in ones outlook as you get older. The setting and dialogue really draw the viewer into a small town feeling which heps mae things even more personal and emotional throughout. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film’s original title was “Born Jaundiced”, which the producers understandably elected to change. To do that, they offered a $500 incentive to whichever Imagine Entertainment employee who could come up with the best alternative. As a lot of the film is set in a funeral parlor, a lot of the suggestions were along the lines of “Mourning Glory”, “In Lieu of Flowers” and “Dearly Departed”. Other alternatives included “Vada!” (the name of Anna Chlumsky’s lead character) which was rejected on the grounds that it sounded like a South African uprising, and “I Am Woman”. Ultimately, it was the film’s producer Brian Grazer who came up with My Girl (and presumably pocketed the $500 reward himself). (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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