Vada (Anna Chlumsky), an eleven-year-old hypochondriac, spends the summer with her best friend Thomas (Macaulay Culkin). She relies on him when her undertaker father (Dan Aykroyd) starts dating a make-up artist (Jamie Lee Curtis), feeling that her parental relationship is now under threat. However, she soon has even more problems to come to terms with in this coming-of-age story.
A doomed Macaulay Culkin becomes the object of affection for a little girl (Anna Chlumsky), estranged from her widowed father (Dan Aykroyd). This somewhat daring premise has various emotional buffers to keep young viewers from going into shock from Culkin's demise, but My Girl
is also not shut off from real feelings. And while the story remains safely predictable, at the end of the day it is still a bittersweet experience. Culkin's performance is okay in that somewhat mannered way of his post-Home Alone
career, but Anna Chlumsky is unusually sophisticated in her understanding of her character and situation. Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis are perfectly stable as the kids' single parents. This is directed by Howard Zieff (Private Benjamin
). --Tom Keogh
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