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My Girl (1991)

Believe it or not one of the movies on my “Films I should’ve seen by now but haven’t” list is My Girl (1991).

Last night after work I was in the mood for an easy watch that wasn’t more than a couple of hours long so I watched it.

If you’re thinking, “Hang on! You run a movie site and you’ve only just watched films like My Girl and Taxi Driver?!” I know! I’m totally with you! It’s unforgivable and I have no excuses. 🤷‍♂️

What’s funny is that I remember this film coming out when I was about the same age as the two main child stars (Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky) and I remember having a proper crush on the latter just from seeing her picture on the cover of the “My Girl” Temptations single that my sister bought me on cassette. Still, I somehow managed to not watch it until now, almost 30 years later.

I really wanted to love this film! After this amount of time I was sure I’d watch it and ask myself why it took me so long. I’m sad to say I thought it was just kind of “ok”.

For most of the film I was going through the motions a bit, wondering what the whole point to the story was (I get it now) but it wasn’t till nearly the end when [SPOILER ALERT] Macaulay Culkin’s character died that I really felt engaged. Luckily (or not) I already knew that was coming (you can’t go 30 years without watching a film and expect to not hear spoilers), and true to what I’d heard it was genuinely emotional. Unfortunately though, by this point it felt like a case of too little too late.

In summery, I did enjoy the movie but I didn’t believe the love story between Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis and I felt that the whole thing moved along too quickly.

I’m glad I’ve finally watched it but I doubt I’ll watch it again.

Maybe this is what it feels like for people who watch The Goonies now after never seeing it before.

I wonder if I’d watched My Girl as a kid whether I’d have a nostalgic attachment to it...

I guess I’ll never know. ☹️

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