Day 5: My Girl

As far as I’m aware, I’ve only seen this film twice and both times because of one of my best friend’s. I don’t think I had seen it before my first time – but it’s likely I did. Regardless, I didn’t know the plot as it played out so that’s all that mattered.

It’s fun sharing your love for films because when somebody tells me that I know that movie must have had some form of an impact on them, and after seeing it, I can tell the impact. She always tells me how she bawls from it, and the first time she was pretty close to it, and she sort of tried to hide it – which is cute because she really didn’t know me well at the time since I was crying a lot, and she tends to make fun of me at how easy it is to make me cry from a movie. I’m an emotional viewer, I can’t help it.

My Girl is the ever-so-sweet film by Howard Zieff who may have made films before this, but truthfully are films that this writer hasn’t heard of yet. You have Vada (Anna Chlumsky) who lives with her father at a funeral home. It’s summer and she’s spending it with her best friend Thomas (Macaulay Culkin) and trying to impress her favourite teacher.

Most know about the film and the sadness that comes from it. And if not, spoiler alert, skip today and come back tomorrow. It’s really tough to watch a little girl at her best friends funeral asking where his glasses are.

Those are the good things, now the bad. It’s weirdly cut. There seems like a bad flow in the way Culkin delivers his dialogue. This is post-Uncle Buck and Home Alone (even though he looks younger) so I can only chalk it up to the editing. It felt as they used takes that were a single on him where he only recited his lines but didn’t hear Anna’s.

It’s also obviously dated, but that’s going to happen to everything so I can’t hold that against it.

I hope she doesn’t kill me for not loving it like she does, if tomorrow doesn’t go up, we will know something is up. Warn the authorities.


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