My Girl 2

Movie review by
Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media
My Girl 2 Movie Poster Image
Not as dark (or engaging) as the first.
  • PG
  • 1994
  • 98 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

All the parental figures (stepmom included) are loving, involved, and none is a pushover on discipline. The overall arc of the story is positive, about finding out who you are and being proud of your roots. But on the road to the conclusion, one character lies to seem more important to classmates, a police officer is persuaded to break the law, an uncle encourages his niece to keep a secret, and two young teens sneak out at night to sightsee in Los Angeles.

Violence
Sex

A 13-year-old character observes of her commitment-phobic uncle who lives with his girlfriend "When sex is involved it's always a special circumstance." A teenage boy talks about a pinup model during class, two 13-year-olds share a romantic kiss.

Language

Mild swearing by adults and kids.

Consumerism

Jostens Yearbooks gets a plug in one scene.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A pot-smoking hippie is seen and discussed by two teenage characters.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the main character lost her mother at a young age and her best friend more recently, and her father is an undertaker, so there is a rather large shadow of death over the story. A stepmother is affectionate, understanding, and loving. Two young teens sneak out at night unaccompanied, and a girl gets her ears pierced without asking permission.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywonder dove December 8, 2012

An okay sequel...

This sequel isn't too bad, featuring Vada when she is a teenager. I can see why kids would like this film. I had a friend who stole my movie once when we w... Continue reading
Adult Written bycassiechism January 20, 2015

A great sequel to the first movie.

Vada goes to LA to reconnect with her past and find out as much as she can about her mother, who passed away when Vada was born. There is mild romance between... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 9, 2009
Kid, 12 years old December 2, 2010

Not as good as the first but ok.

It wasn't as good as the first one at least I didn't think. There is a scene where they go see a fortune teller so I thought that was a little iffy I... Continue reading

What's the story?

A follow-up to tearjerker My Girl, MY GIRL 2 finds Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chlumsky) two years older and preparing to be a big sister for the baby her stepmom (Jamie Lee Curtis) and dad (Dan Aykroyd) are expecting. A school assignment piques Vada's interest in learning more about her mother, who died when Vada was an infant. Soon she's traveling cross-country to stay with Uncle Phil (Richard Masur) in L.A. and being shown around town by Nick (Austin O'Brien), the son of Phil's live-in girlfriend. Nick helps Vada uncover the trail her mom left as a young woman in Los Angeles, and with the discovery of each of her mom's old friends, Vada's closer to the truth. But does she really want to know it?

Is it any good?

For sheer emotional oomph, the original My Girl is a hard act to follow, despite the return of its top-notch cast in this so-so sequel. Vada's interest in knowing more about her mom is understandable, and the storytelling that pulls back the curtain on Maggie Muldovan's (Angeline Ball) life is well-conceived. Not one but two loving families are depicted, and when the kids break the rules and parents have to punish them, the kids are sincerely apologetic. Set in 1974, the costumes, sets, and soundtrack really ground Vada's story in the time it was set.

But in the end, just putting the same characters together back on screen can't create chemistry if the story doesn't grab the listener. And this story is slow and sometimes predictable. It's nice to see Vada mature as a daughter and friend, and the awakening of her first romantic feelings are sweet, but ultimately the only one with a stake in Maggie Muldovan's story is Vada herself. Given the twin subject matter of adolescent romance and a parent's death (and secrets,) this movie is best targeted at the 11 and up crowd.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Vada's homework assignment: if you had to write about someone you'd never met who you admire, who would you choose? How would you research that person? Do you think Vada should tell her father about her mother's secret some day?

Movie details

For kids who love movies about families

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