Thursday, April 2, 2009

My Girl 2

My Girl 2; Comedy, USA, 1994; D: Howard Zieff, S: Anna Chlumsky, Austin O'Brien, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis

After her friend died from an allergic reaction, the 13-year old Vada now calmed down and lives with her father Harry and her stepmother Shelly, who is pregnant. One day, she gets the assignment to write an essay about a person she never met. She chooses her mother, who died at childbirth: in order to find more about her life, she goes to her hometown Los Angeles at her uncle Phil, where she also meets a boy, Nick.

"My Girl 2" is a pale glance of the original, as well as critical acclaim and audience interest at the theaters is considered. Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis sparkle at the start of the film and keep it interesting, but the remaining 2/3 of the story, in which Vada goes to Los Angeles, is wasted completely uselessly. Director Howard Zieff made a much poorer job in this film than he did in the first, where he surprised and enchanted with some really honest emotions, yet here the story is a too optimistic, too clean and too safe teen flick which as a whole inevitably seems neither especially funny nor touching - it's impossible to make a film with such a thin story, that quite honestly even seems like a unnatural follow-up to the first plot, overstretch it into 90 minutes and make it good. The screenplay should have been twice as rich and versatile. A correct, solid film: in the end, comedian Dan Aykroyd is always good.


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