When I tell someone that I love My Girl , more times than not I am greeted with a look of utter confusion. And while it is definitely a film that will wring the waterworks out of even the most heartless movie fans, My Girl is about much more than Culkin or what happens to his character. At just over a decade of life, Vada has spent a lot of time surrounded by discussions about death and dying, and it has informed not only her morbid sense of humour, but her general view of herself. It is also about the death of innocence, or the painful transition from late childhood and into early adulthood. It is about love and loss, and dealing with both at the same time.
My Girl () - Plot Summary - IMDb
There was always something that irked me about My Girl. Vada suffers from an intense hypochondria and an even more intense need for attention. No sooner does a body come in than Vada suddenly begins exhibiting symptoms of its cause of death, biking off for a check-up from her rather accommodating family physician, who seems to have nothing better to do than humor her. Not true , I thought.
She lives in a grim world for such a plucky little girl. Her mother died two days after she was born. Her father runs a funeral home. The embalming takes place in the basement.
A young girl, on the threshold of her teen years, finds her life turning upside down, when she is accompanied by an unlikely friend. Vada Sultenfuss played by Anna Chlumsky is an intelligent, bubbly, hypochondriacal year old girl. Her father, Harry Dan Aykroyd , is a mortician and a widower. Then her father hires a new receptionist, Shelly Jamie Lee Curtis , and life will never be the same again. Having lost her mother in birth and with her whole life encircled by death, Vada Sultenfuss, the gloomy year-old daughter of Harry Sultenfuss, the town's funeral parlour manager, it is no wonder that death became almost an obsession to her.