Anna Chlumsky made her big break into the industry and Macaulay Culkin found something to do in between Home Alone 1 & 2, as a pair of adolescents who tackle love, life, death, and adolescence in the 1991 hit My Girl. This film is tabbed as a “comedy-drama” but (spoiler!) a film where a kid dies in the end is something heavier than the average Kevin Hart/Adam Sandler slapstick. But with Howard Zieff (The Dream Team) directing, it earns its fair share of chuckles.
My Girl tackles plenty of issues. Chlumsky’s Vada lives with her widowed father (Dan Ackroyd), who runs a funeral home; death is way more present in their home than the average adult couples’ lives! She also has to help care for her grandmother who has Alzheimer’s (several years before awareness of Alzheimer’s symptoms and care were so widely known). And then there’s her best friend, Thomas J (Macaulay), has his own issues, not the least is that bee sting allergy.
Remastered in 4K, the Blu-ray boasts the feature that looks at Vada and Thomas J’s first kiss, and the bingo scene between Ackroyd’s funeral director and Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis), the makeup technician at the funeral home. It’s this second relationship that adds another level of drama: the dating relationship and remarriage of Harry, as a single, widowed father. Laurice Elehwany’s script really swings for the fences: it’s all of these issues poured in and heated to a boil that make the film powerful, complex, and heart-wrenching.
I’m not sure I could tackle watching it again, at least not soon. Yes, it’s powerful in its stories, but it’s also sad! Still, the film has fans everywhere and they’ll be clamoring to pick up this installment of 1990s retro drama ASAP.
Just watch out for the bees.