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My Girl (1991)
| Friday, 01.05.2018, 02:20 PM |   (30225 views)

My Girl (1991)

By Anne Waisanen

Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chlumsky) is an eleven-year-old girl in a small Pennsylvania town in the early 1970s. She lives with the constant reminder of death; her father Harry Sultenfuss(Dan Aykroyd) is a mortician who runs his business out of the basement in the family home. Her mother died during childbirth complications. The father and daughter also live with Vada's grandmother Gramoo Sultenfuss (Ann Nelson), who suffers from Alzheimer’s and whose only vocalizations are belted-out show tunes from her youth. Usually when mourners are in the funeral parlor causing embarrassment to the family. This life story, paired with Ada's precocious and imaginative mind, makes for some highly entertaining and eminently human eccentricities.Vada is a regular hypochondriac patron of her family doctor, constantly convinced that she is suffering from some obscure and fatal illness. Her best friend is Thomas J. (Macaulay Culkin), a wide-eyed boy to whom she tells all her thoughts, fears, and dreams. This is the first role for Macaulay Culkin since Home Alone and this time he is sees a lot but says little. Their relationship is touch by them both experiencing their first kiss. Her whole world is turned upside down when Thomas J dies suddenly from an allergic reaction to bite stings from a swarm of bees. Vada has to learn to accept the hurt of life.
 Shelly De Voto (Jamie Lee Curtis) enters the picture as a cosmetologist applying for a job. Much to her surprise she finds out that the job consists of making dead people look good for the mourners.  She took the job even though she doesn’t much like dead people because she saw that a family lived her and thought it would be good for her. To add to the story Harry is a lonely man who hasn’t dated in years. They become attracted to one another eventually dating. This causes Vada to be jealous and feeling left out. She now has a crush on her English teacher Jake Bixler(Griffin Dunne) who lives down the street. She signs up in one of his evening classes with a bunch of adults to try to win his attention. With the help of Shelly in not only becoming a stepmother but also a confiding friend she wins Vada over and helps her to deal with the crisis of death and growing up.

 The film was directed by Howard Zief who also directed My Girl 2, Private Benjamin, The Dream Team, The Main Event and  House Calls. The screenplay was written by Laurice Elehwany.

Much of the film was shot in Sanford, Bartow and Orlando, Florida using several locals actors as extras.

Anne Waisanen is the Publisher/Owner of In Focus Magazine.. She is an Alumni of Emerson College in Boston, majoring in Film and Communications.   This included writing, producing, filming and acting. She is a member of WIFT, Women in Film and Television
Anne Waisanen can be reached at reebles90@gmail.com






 


 


 


 


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