There was once a time when the world met a girl who could learn a lot about life, including reasons why you can never wear enough blue eyeshadow.
Her name was Vada Sultenfuss, a quick-witted and sincere 11 year old who lived in a funeral home with her widowed father, struggled with hypochondria, looked after her best friend, had a crush on her school teacher, and generally found life on the threshold of her Femininity. She was of course the star character My Girl, the hit coming-of-age film with Veep’s Anna Chlumsky and home alone Macaulay Culkin along with And Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis.
With Chlumsky as Vada and Culkin as her cute buddy Thomas J, the 70s film was a moving story about growing up and encountering puberty, friendship, change and loss. For a generation of teenagers who grew up watching movies in the 1990s, this was a constant in the VCR.
Now that Friday November 27th marks the 29th anniversary of its release, there is no better time to revisit Vada’s world – and all we have learned from it.