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  • Macaulay Culkin's first on-screen kiss.
  • The film's original title was "Born Jaundiced", which the producers understandably elected to change. To do that, they offered a $500 incentive to whichever Imagine Entertainment employee who could come up with the best alternative. As a lot of the film is set in a funeral parlor, a lot of the suggestions were along the lines of "Mourning Glory", "In Lieu of Flowers" and "Dearly Departed". Other alternatives included "Vada!" (the name of Anna Chlumsky's lead character) which was rejected on the grounds that it sounded like a South African uprising, and "I Am Woman". Ultimately, it was the film's producer Brian Grazer who came up with My Girl (and presumably pocketed the $500 reward himself).
  • The house used as Vada's house was actually a bed-and-breakfast in Bartow, Florida. However it closed in 2013.
  • The original script was entered in the Nicholl Fellowship screenwriting contest and didn't get past the first round.
  • The MPAA originally gave the movie a PG-13 rating (most likely for the mature elements throughout it). It was changed to PG on appeal.
  • The willow tree that is seen throughout the movie is not a willow tree. Due to issues finding a perfect pond with a willow tree by it, the creators had to find a different tree, remove all of its branches, and replace the tree's branches with fake willow tree branches.
  • Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis also worked together in Trading Places (1983).
  • The original North American DVD from Columbia TriStar DVD included a two page booklet with liner notes and a chapter index.
  • Although not listed on the Blu-ray box, the theatrical trailer is included as a special feature.
  • Chevy Chase was considered for the role of Harry Sultenfuss, but since he didn't have much experience acting in dramatic roles, producer Brian Grazer suggested Dan Aykroyd to director Howard Zieff instead as he had more experience, fresh off of an Oscar nomination for Driving Miss Daisy (1989). However, Aykroyd and Chase were both on Saturday Night Live (1975), and the they had also co-starred with each other in Spies Like Us (1985) and Nothing But Trouble (1991).
  • When Vada is playing with her ball and it falls down the stairs where the dead body is kept, she gets locked in and panicking like Jamie Lee Curtis was doing in Halloween (1978) when she was escaping from Michael.
  • Anna Chlumsky previously appeared as an extra in Uncle Buck (1989), which starred Macaulay Culkin.
  • Screenwriter Laurice Elehwany said the film was inspired by a childhood friend that lived in a funeral home.
  • Bill Murray and Steve Martin were also considered for the role of Harry Sultenfuss, but both were busy doing other movies (What About Bob? (1991) and Father of the Bride (1991) respectively) at the time and could not commit to the role.
  • The Sultenfuss family are shown watching All in the Family (1971). Richard Masur (Phil) made his TV debut in Gloria's Boyfriend (1974). Rob Reiner (Mike Stivic) Later Directed Dan Akroyd in North (1994).
  • Anna Chlumsky and Macaulay Culkin were both in Uncle Buck and My Girl together. Anna was just credited as "school girl" in Uncle Buck.
  • Dan Aykroyd and Griffin Dunne were in eight movies directed by John Landis. Aykroyd was in The Blues Brothers (1980), Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), Trading Places (1983), Into the Night (1985), Spies Like Us (1985) and Blues Brothers 2000 (1998). Dunne was in An American Werewolf in London (1981) and Amazon Women on the Moon (1987). Landis had also directed Macaulay Culkin in Michael Jackson: Black or White (1991).
  • Jamie Lee Curtis and Richard Masur were in movies directed by John Carpenter. Curtis had appeared in Halloween (1978) and The Fog (1980). Masur had appeared in The Thing (1982).
  • Ann Nelson's final film.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis instituted a swear can onset to prevent "trucker talk" as Dan Aykroyd called it. Aykroyd said in an interview "It was $5 for this word and $10 for another word and by end of the movie the kids had about five grand in there."
  • The film is set in Madison, Pennsylvania however it was filmed almost entirely in Florida.
  • Anna Chlumsky and Macaulay Culkin took 15 takes in their kissing scene.
  • Tim Allen and Steve Martin were considered for the role given to Dan Aykroyd.

Spoilers

  • Because of he scene in which Vada and Thomas J. become "blood brothers" by mixing each other's blood from a cut, the British Board of Film Classification insisted that the film carry a warning to children against performing such a ritual to prevent the transmission of HIV.
  • Thomas J.'s death is foreshadowed when a small coffin is brought into the funeral home and Vada asks if it's for a child. It's also foreshadowed again when Vada tells Shelly that Thomas J. is allergic to everything and when Thomas J. and Vada first encounter the beehive, during which Thomas J. declares "Run for your life."
  • One thing that was changed in the novel adaptation was when Harry tells Vada that Thomas J died from the honey bees is extended, Vada instead knocks over her fishbowl which wasn't included in the film.
  • Reportedly, fans of Macaulay Culkin protested heavily against the on-screen death of his character in the movie, as they felt that their young hero should not die in a film.
  • The second movie in which characters played by Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis start off as strangers and go onto become lovers. The other being Trading Places (1983).
  • The movie shares some similarities with Doris Buchanan Smith's 1973 young adult novel A Taste Of Blackberries, most notably the bee sting allergy.
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