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The girl of the film's title is an eleven year old named Vada (Anna Chlumsky), and she's a little strange. Still, that's understandable given the company she's grown up with. Her all too busy father (Dan Aykroyd) runs a funeral parlour in their home, her mother is dead, her grandmother is senile, her best friend Thomas J. (Macaulay Culkin) is allergic to everything, and the other girls in town tease her about her friendship with him. Is it any wonder that Vada is confused about death and love? It is the summer of 1972, a summer where Vada will learn a little, grow up a little, laugh a little, cry a little, sing a little. It'll be a summer she never forgets.
This film looks a little older than the early 1990s, and I think that's a little bit deliberate. Might of been a filter, might have been the type of film they used, I don't know. Everything looks a little dusty and old, like a faded photograph at times. It really works well against the scenery, particularly the lake and the trees, rather idyllic. The cast plays nicely against the backdrop, particularly the young actors Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky. It's a shame Anna hasn't been in anything lately. I wonder what she's doing these days?Read more ›
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Often some of the best stories are those that make us both laugh and cry together. This coming of age tale of an 11 year old girl set in 1972 has great emotional depth for a movie often billed as a comedy. It is more a drama with great humor and pathos. To call it a dramady would be an injustice. It didn't win many acting awards, but that is not the same thing as saying the performances were not great, as they were in this case. The clichés of growing up are all checked off and it can be a little schmaltzy. It is supposed to be funny after all, and it's a kid's life. It touches on moments that many or most people will find familiar... childhood crushes on a teacher, best friends, first childish kiss, awkwardness, puberty, running away (to the back yard), and ultimately love and life's loss.
THE STORY (no spoilers): Vada Sultenfuss is the precocious, and somewhat hypochondriac, 11 year old girl who occasionally thinks she has a problem with her prostate! She may not understand everything about the world or how her body works, but she is sharply intelligent and witty. Rather than hanging out with the girls clique, she chooses to be around Thomas, the weird kid others don't seem to like as much. Her mother died in childbirth and her father is a mortician. These strange factors in her life make it difficult for her to come to terms with death. She also feels responsible for causing her mother's death (as mentioned, she died while giving birth to Vada).Read more ›
I can remember being a little girl, sleeping over at my best friend's house, and watching this movie. I always thought of it as "our" movie. She moved away, and I began to forget about it. Then, about two years ago, I saw it at the video store and decided to rent it, to see what kind of movie entertained me as a child.
I was blown away. Because of its PG rating, I expected myself to laugh and blush at what silly things I had liked. I was in tears at the end of the movie, blown away by Chlumskey's performance. The story is sad, yes, but it's not depressing. It leaves you with a feeling of new hope. If Vada can get through it, then obviously you can get through any petty problem you're having.
If you haven't seen this movie, and you don't plan on it because, well, you've never heard of it, I beg you to reconsider. This story has touched my heart, and those of my many family and friends who I *ahem* forced to watch this movie.
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Love this movie that takes you back in time and reminds you of how important friendship is.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
One of my favorites! Gave it to my 8 year old niece for Christmas and she liked it. She actually reminds me of VadaPublished 1 month ago by mimi.g
Classic movie. My 9 and 8 year old really enjoyed this as much as I did when I first saw it.Published 2 months ago by Jennis0212