Parents' Guide to

My Girl 2

By Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Not as dark (or engaging) as the first.

Movie PG 1994 98 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 10+

More family friendly than the first, but not as good of a message this time around

The original My Girl was a funny but also very sad family movie about growing up and realizing that we lose love ones to death but their spirit and memories live on forever. The title character had to come to terms of growing up after her best friend died due to bee stings. The sequel which takes place two years after its predecessor is actually a much different film in tone and content. It is definitely not as sad or tragic than the first installment, profanity is milder and toned down, there are a few more sex references this time, but like in the first film it is discussed in context of the character growing up and maturing and not meant with the means to be crude and offensive. The sequel sees the main character visiting Los Angeles to learn about her mother who died two days after giving birth to her. The relationship between her and her uncle's step-son is nice but not as impactful or meaningful as it was between her and Macualay Culkin in the first film. Also Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis are practically given nothing to do this time around which is a shame because they brought so much meat to their roles in the previous film. If your kids are not ready to handle the sad realistic themes in the first My Girl movie this may be a good choice to show them first as it does have a happier and more satisfying theme to it, but whereas the original had an uplifting message about accepting death and tragedy this sequel seems to be made more just to grab the audience's money and time and doesnt really offer the same valuable lessons. Still it is a good, worthwhile sequel and if your kids are not ready for the first film this is a much better choice to introduce them to the series and get them familiar to the characters. The events of the previous film are discussed and should make sense to those who have not seen the original film. Overall a nice little family movie, even pre-teens can enjoy with their family, but sadly it just does not have the impact that its predecessor did. However as sequels usually go this one is an exception in the case that it is an entertaining, enjoyable sequel worth at least one watch. Also be aware of a brief scene of marijuana smoking. It is never directly said but implied that is what is going on, so be ready to explain to your kids the dangers of drugs or just fast forward the scene.
age 12+

Epic Drama Movie

My Girl part II was one of my childhood movie. The sequel to the storyline in this movie is not very sad like My Girl Part I. Anna Clumsky as big Vada grows up and she is very beautiful. In this movie ahe looks for the figure of her mother, how much she misses her mother because ahe doesn't feel the love of a mother. Then at the ending of the story in this movie, I really like the song "Smile" sung by Vada, her voice is very beautiful. This movie is one of my favorites. It's corny, it's fairly predictable and it's not great cinema, but it takes me back to those innocent days of first love and those "butterflies in the stomach" feelings. The main point of the movie, is almost secondary to the romance between the two kids. You know, there's too much sex and not enough romance in our movies and we lose something in that magical step from love to get right into the bedroom and well, you know. And this is coming from a guy!!! This movie will make you remember that first kiss or that first date. I felt Anna Chlumsky and Austin O'Brien were just great together. Never quite sure of themselves and wondering what these strange feelings are that they have for each other, their cold start together flourishes into that strange, insecure but light headed feeling only a member of the opposite sex can give you. I loved it, and it has Richard Masur in it, which is always a treat. Good for the whole family (not for real little kids though).

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (9 ):

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.

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