My Girl

Movie review by
Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media
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Coming of age tale tackles death; for older kids.
  • PG
  • 1991
  • 102 minutes
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 35 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

Child learns that life goes on after the death of loved ones.

Violence

A character dies offscreen from bee stings.

Sex

Obscure references to sex and the sexual revolution.

Language

The "s" word, "ass." One character calls her friend a "retard."

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

Reference to lighting a joint.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that death is the main theme of this movie. Vada's mother died while giving birth to her (this is never depicted; only alluded to). A main character dies tragically from bee stings (again, the death is off screen). This sudden, unexpected death is bound to have an emotional impact on impressionable viewers. Divorce is mentioned, and there are a few obtuse references to sex.

User Reviews

Parent Written byJAAS June 13, 2014

Fantastic tween and teen movie

Great movie!! The one thing that isn't noted in the description is that the main character gets her period.
Parent of a 8 and 11 year old Written byshanghaiang December 23, 2010

Sweet movie that touches on a lot of life lessons

A sweet movie that touches on a lot of issues: Death of a parent, boy/girl friendship, feeling different, communication and death of a friend. Make sure your c... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

2 cool

this movie was so cool. i cried every time i saw it. it was sensational, funny, and sad.it was so sad when tomas.j died. i cried my eyes out. i saw it last nigh... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 15, 2009
this movie is based on a song

What's the story?

Darker than one might expect, MY GIRL is the story of Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chlumsky), a pre-teenage girl learning to deal with the death of her mother. Vada lives with her widower father (Dan Aykroyd), who runs a funeral parlor out of their home, and spends her days with her best friend, Thomas J (Macaulay Culkin). When her father falls for his new assistant (Jamie Lee Curtis), Vada feels betrayed. In the end, a sudden tragedy brings her closer to her new stepmother, and she begins to understand how to move on after mourning the death of a loved one.

Is it any good?

Death and single parenthood are never easy topics to talk about with children, and this film deals with them in a mature, responsible way. It encourages kids to talk about their feelings regarding death -- as well as the romantic lives of their parents. If kids are beginning to ask questions about these serious topics, they are old enough to watch this movie with parents.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to cope with the death of a loved one. Is it okay for Vada's father to remarry after his first wife died? How do we know when it is time to mourn or time to move on?

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