My Girl



Coming of age tale tackles death; for older kids.
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  • Review Date: October 26, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1991
  • Running Time: 102 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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


A character dies offscreen from bee stings.


Obscure references to sex and the sexual revolution.


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

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Reference to lighting a joint.

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.

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 (Macauly 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, encouraging 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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 27, 1991
DVD release date:May 12, 1998
Cast:Anna Chlumsky, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin
Director:Howard Zieff
Studio:Sony Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:102 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:mild language and violence

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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 was so sad when tomas.j died. i cried my eyes out. i saw it last night and i still cried. i cant wait till i see it agin I LOVED IT!
Kid, 11 years old April 15, 2009
this movie is based on a song
Teen, 13 years old Written byxskittlesx August 21, 2011

Touching, Moving Film for Mature KIds

I'm thirteen and I bawled at this movie! It is so moving and touching, and touches on a very important subject. Spoiler::: When Thomas J. died looking for Vada's ring, I cried my eyes out. There are such sweet characters, and its a great film. Must see! Just make sure your kids can handle the mature death theme.
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Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence


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