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My Girl 2

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Not as dark (or engaging) as the first.
  • Review Date: May 28, 2009
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 1994
  • Running Time: 98 minutes

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
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.

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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

Theatrical release date:February 11, 1994
DVD release date:January 1, 2009
Cast:Anna Chlumsky, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis
Director:Howard Zieff
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Drama
Run time:98 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:For thematic elements and mild language

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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 guess it sorta depends on religous veiws on how you feel about that scene. Theres cussing, kissing, but good messages and role models through out.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old July 9, 2009

I could watch it over and over!

I love this movie!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
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 were 13, that's how much she liked it. I, however, didn't care much for this one! It mainly focuses on Vada finding more out about her mother while visiting her uncle in LA and stumbling upon a few old friends of her mothers. She also meets a cute kid named Nick and they're seen hanging out together most of the time. They share a sweet kiss at the end. The themes are tamer in this sequel, there is no violence. Just a few sexual references (mainly talk), a kiss and some flirting. Language is milder than the first. Kids might be bored with this one but there's only one way to find out! Good for 10 and up!!
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Great messages
Great role models

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