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My Girl (1991)

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A young girl, on the threshold of her teen years, finds her life turning upside down, when she is accompanied by an unlikely friend.

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Howard Zieff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Aykroyd ... Harry Sultenfuss
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Shelly DeVoto
Macaulay Culkin ... Thomas J. Sennett
Anna Chlumsky ... Vada Sultenfuss
Richard Masur ... Phil Sultenfuss
Griffin Dunne ... Mr. Bixler
Ann Nelson ... Gramoo Sultenfuss
Peter Michael Goetz ... Dr. Welty
Jane Hallaren ... Nurse Randall
Anthony R. Jones Anthony R. Jones ... Arthur
Tom Villard ... Justin
Lara Steinick ... Ronda
Kristian Truelsen ... Charles
David Caprita ... Ray
Jody Wilson Jody Wilson ... Mrs. Hunsaker
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Storyline

1972. Vada Sultenfuss (played by Anna Chlumsky) is an intelligent, bubbly, hypochondriacal 11-year old girl. Her father, Harry (Dan Aykroyd), is a mortician and a widower. Her best friend is Thomas J Sennett (Macaulay Culkin). Then her father hires a new receptionist, Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis), and life will never be the same again. Written by grantss

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A funny and moving family film! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Girl See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,391,783, 1 December 1991

Gross USA:

$59,489,799

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$59,489,799
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original North American DVD from Columbia TriStar DVD included a two page booklet with liner notes and a chapter index. See more »

Goofs

At the bingo hall, the announcer calls B-39, but a few minutes later, the bingo board is shown and B-39 is not lit up. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Vada Sultenfuss: I was born jaundiced. Once I sat on a toilet seat at a truck stop and caught hemorrhoids. And I've learned to live with this chicken bone that's been lodged in my throat for the past three years. So I knew Dad would be devastated when he learned of my latest affliction.
[to Harry]
Vada Sultenfuss: Dad, I don't want to upset you, but my left breast is developing at a significantly faster rate than my right. It can only mean one thing: cancer. I'm dying.
Harry: [making a sandwich] Okay, sweetie, hand me the ...
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Soundtracks

It Never Rains In Southern California
Written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood
Performed by Albert Hammond
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Excellent Family Entertainment
29 December 1998 | by demidSee all my reviews

God knows, good family entertainment is hard to come by. In my considered opinion, My Girl is an outstanding exception from this rule. I have not read the book the film is based on. I would not be surprised, if it turned out to be much more superior to the film version; I, for one, find it unfortunately too often a case. However, judged on its own merits, the movie scores as high a rating as 8 in my book--in terms of achieving its purpose: pleasing the whole spectrum of possible viewers. The story-line is nicely balanced, with just the right mixture of the human situation drama, realism, insight into child psychology and optimism. One might argue that in the film finale Veda is shown as having too quickly recovered from her supposedly terrible and tragic loss, but children are indeed this way, and the depth of her earlier suffering is sure evidence that this chapter of her life will be forever locked into her conscience. It is exactly the balance I want my daughter exposed to. The dialog is fine: mature enough to show Veda's precociousness without overdoing it and to give the parents some intellectual pleasure and simple enough, on the other hand, for children to follow without losing themselves in its complexities. I regard myself as a poor judge of acting, but having said that, I find the acting in My Girl totally satisfying. If I may venture a guess, I'd say that, e.g., Jack Nickelson at his best would be to a large extent lost on the younger audience and would not be missed by adults who expected just to have great time with their kids together. That my wife and I have had.


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