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Howard Zieff directed this comedy-drama about the emotional awakening of a young girl in a small Pennsylvania town during the summer of 1972. Anna Chlumsky plays eleven-year-old Vada, a quiet child living with her widowed father Harry Dultenfuss (Dan Aykroyd), a local mortician who prepares bodies in his basement. Vada feels responsible for the death of her mother, who died giving birth to her, and lives in an emotional cocoon, her only friend being a personable local boy, Thomas J. Sennett (Macauly Culkin), who suffers from allergies. Like Vada, Harry keeps to himself, until a freelance make-up artist, Shelly DeVoto (Jamie Lee Curtis), comes to town and gets a job working with Harry. Shelly and Harry fall in love and Vada feels threatened by her presence. But then a personal tragedy forces Vada to come out of her emotional shell.~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide


  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Macaulay Culkin
  • Anna Chlumsky
  • Richard Masur
  • Griffin Dunne
  • Ann Nelson
  • Peter Michael Goetz
  • Jane Hallaren
  • Anthony R. Jones

Did You Know?


  • Macaulay Culkin's first on-screen kiss.
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  • Even though the film takes place in 1972, you can see cars that are from the 1980s visible in the background.
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    • Vada: I used to like to play with my Ken and Barbie dolls. Ken was my favorite. Then one Christmas I got them a camper and all they wanted to do was hang out in it by themselves. So I wasn't too upset when they took that wrong turn and went over the cliff.
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The beauty in this film is in its directness. There are some obligatory scenes. But there are also some very original and touching ones. This is a movie that has its heart in the right place.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

My Girl is a pleasant surprise. It's sweet, offbeat and ultimately slight, but likable nevertheless for the emotional integrity it maintains in its story of a girl coming to terms with the death of someone close to her. It's one of the few American movies that tries to be honest about death and give kids credit for being able to cope with it, and that alone makes it recommendable. [27 Nov 1991, p.23]

Metacritic review by Jay Carr
Jay Carr
Boston Globe