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For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, March 26, 2021


EDITOR’S NOTE: Sony Home Entertainment has given the two ‘My Girl’ films a new Blu-ray release on a double-feature disc. The first was reviewed in this space last week; today it’s the sequel. The review was published on Feb. 11, 1994, in the Deseret News.


Family films are big business these days, including sequels and remakes.


“My Girl 2” is a followup to the popular first film of a few years ago, which was most famous for killing off Macaulay Culkin's character near the end of the film.


The original "My Girl" also introduced young Anna Chlumsky as a charming youngster named Vada, growing up in small-town Pennsylvania during the early ’70s. Dan Aykroyd played her widowed, tuba-playing, mortician father, and Jamie Lee Curtis became her stepmother.




From left: Dan Aykroyd, Anna Chlumsky, Jamie Lee Curtis, 'My Girl 2' (1994)


The same cast is reunited for this sequel, which takes place two years later, as Vada is feeling a bit displaced. Her stepmother is about to give birth, she has to give up her bedroom and Dad doesn't quite know how to handle Vada's blooming adolescence.


When Vada gets a school assignment to write a paper about someone she has never met, someone who accomplished something "great," she decides to research her mother, who died shortly after she was born and about whom she knows very little. Unfortunately, her father isn't much help, since they courted for only a couple of weeks and were married less than a year.


So, Vada decides to spend some time with her uncle (Richard Masur) in Los Angeles during spring break, to do some detective work on her mother's past.




Once there, she finds that her auto-mechanic uncle is living with the owner of the garage (Christine Ebersole), whose son (Austin O'Brien) reluctantly agrees to escort Vada around town.


There are some charming moments here, though the film is rather placid, never quite building the full head of emotional and humorous steam achieved by its predecessor. In terms of plot, the melodramatics are sappy and too contrived, while much of the dialogue seems stiff and unnatural. And for some reason the top-billed stars, Aykroyd and Curtis, have very small, bookend roles.


But Chlumsky is still a charming presence on the screen, and Masur and Ebersole manage to squeeze a few chuckles out of their roles.


"My Girl 2" is rated PG for profanity and marijuana smoking.