Eleven-year-old Vada (Chlumsky) is somewhat obsessed with death. Her mother died when she was born and her father (Aykroyd) runs a funeral parlour, so it’s hardly surprising. She’s kept grounded by her best pal, Thomas J (Culkin), and the pair discuss life, the universe and everything – like what might happen if Vada’s dad marries the beautician (Jamie Lee Curtis) who has just started work for him.
It’s a very well-performed, sweet tale of kids learning about growing-up (Culkin performed his first on-screen kiss in the film), but there is a tragic event at the movie’s heart that may shock and upset younger audiences (a hint: those grown-ups who hated Culkin’s Home Alone icky cuteness may let out a cheer). But if you’re there with the box of tissues for your little one, they should enjoy this heartfelt tale between the sniffles.
Is My Girl suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...
There’s nothing scary but children and adults will find the aforementioned tragic event upsetting.