My Girl

My Girl

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Director: Howard Zieff

Cast: Howard Zieff, Macaulay Culkin, Anna Chlumsky, Dan Aykroyd

     
 

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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,…  See more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
A family-friendly tearjerker, the childhood drama My Girl was made by commercial advertising director Howard Zieff. First time actress Anna Chlumsky is totally likeable as Veda, an 11-year-old adventurous girl with an overactive imagination. Her mother's death and her father's profession as a mortician have informed her quirky obsessions with disease and death, but the macabre subject matter is treated tenderly and the characters are given compassion. As scatterbrained dad Harry, Dan Aykroyd is entertaining in one of his early transitions to dramatic roles, and Jamie Lee Curtis appears to be having fun as kooky beautician Shelly. If sometimes overly precocious, Veda is still a believable kid who yearns for attention from her father and gets a crush on her English teacher, Mr. Bixler (Griffin Dunne). Her most endearing scenes are shared with best friend Thomas J., played by child superstar Macaulay Culkin, fresh from the runaway success of Home Alone. Though it is guilty of being heavy-handed, My Girl still offers an accessible tale of love and loss featuring several fine performances.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/1996
UPC:
0043396509900
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Macaulay Culkin Thomas J. Sennett
Anna Chlumsky Vada Sultenfuss
Dan Aykroyd Harry Sultenfuss
Jamie Lee Curtis Shelly DeVoto
Richard Masur Phil Sultenfuss
Griffin Dunne Mr. Bixler
Ann Nelson Gramoo Sultenfuss
Mary Colquhoun Actor
John de Russy Vernon
Robert V. Girolami George
Ellen Jacoby Actor
Paul Nagle Minister
Peter Michael Goetz Dr. Welty
Jane Hallaren Nurse Randall
Anthony Jones Arthur
Anthony R. Jones Arthur
Tom Villard Justin
Lara Steinick Ronda
Kristian Truelsen Charles
Dave Caprita Ray
Jodie Wilson Mrs. Hunsaker
Linda Perri Betty
Nancy L. Chlumsky Jackie
Glenda Chism Thomas J.'s Mother
Bill Cordell Thomas J.'s Father
Ray Buktenica Danny
George Colangelo Ralph
Anthony Finazzo Howie
Shane Obedzinski Billy
Zachary McLemore Zack
T.J. Collazo Boy
Cassi Abel Judy
Amanda Cole Girl
Bree Butler Girl
Harvey Bellman Bingo Announcer
Henry Kohn Carl
Florence Mistrot Margie
Anthony Giaimo Carnival Barker
Edgar Poe Carnival Barker
Kurt Smildsin Policeman
Lynn Sellers Suzanne

Technical Credits
Howard Zieff Director
Steve Aaron Sound/Sound Designer
Barbara Benedek Screenwriter
Wendy Greene Bricmont Editor
Joseph M. Caracciolo Executive Producer,Production Manager
Mary Colquhoun Casting
Laurice Elehwany Screenwriter
Paul Elliott Cinematographer
David T. Friendly Executive Producer
Joseph T. Garrity Production Designer
Hannah Gold Associate Producer
Brian Grazer Producer
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Artie Malesci Stunts
Karen Patch Costumes/Costume Designer
Pat Tagliaferro Art Director
Allen Weisinger Makeup

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