My Girl 2
|My Girl 2|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Howard Zieff|
|Produced by||Brian Grazer
Joseph M. Caracciolo
David T. Friendly
|Written by||Laurice Elehwany|
Jamie Lee Curtis
|Narrated by||Anna Chlumsky|
|Music by||Cliff Eidelman|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Box office||$17,359,799 (USA)|
Set two years after the first film, in the Spring of 1974, Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chlumsky) goes on a quest to learn more about her deceased biological mother. She has matured over the past year and a half (since the first movie), going from the spunky, eleven-year-old hypochondriac to a lively, yet more serious teenager seeking independence. Her father, Harry (Dan Aykroyd), has married Shelly DeVoto (Jamie Lee Curtis), and they are expecting a baby. They still live in the Sultenfuss' funeral home in Madison, Pennsylvania, while her Uncle Phil (Richard Masur) has moved to Los Angeles where he works as a mechanic. Vada's grandmother has also died and Vada still wears the mood ring that reminds her of her late friend Thomas J.
To accommodate the new baby, Vada moves out of her bedroom, and that brings further problems with adjustment. She even thinks about getting her own apartment while spending a night out with her father.
Vada is given a school assignment to write an essay on someone she admires but has never met. She decides to write about her mother but has little to go on, all confined to a small box. Among its contents are programs of plays her mother was in, a passport, and a mystery paper bag with a date scribbled on it. She expresses her desire to travel someday, but Shelly concocts a plan for her to travel to Los Angeles during her spring break, where she can stay with her Uncle Phil and do research on her mother, who lived there growing up. Harry does not go along with the idea, saying Vada is too young to be traveling by herself, and fearing what might happen to her in L.A. Eventually, he lets her take the five-day trip.
On arriving in L.A., Vada finds herself confronting a boy her age named Nick (Austin O'Brien), who comes to pick her up at the airport instead of Uncle Phil. Nick is the son of Uncle Phil's girlfriend Rose (Christine Ebersole), and he is asked to show Vada around the city. While annoyed at first about sacrificing his own spring break, he helps her with the difficult search of learning more about her mother. Their relationship, which starts out reluctantly, slowly grows stronger.
Vada and Nick meet several people who knew her mother. Some of the things she finds out don't sit well with her, such as her mother being suspended from school for smoking. Two of these acquaintances have a look at that paper bag from Vada's small box of memories about her mother, but neither can decipher it. When another blurts out the name Jeffrey Pommeroy, thinking that he is Vada's father, but isn't, she is crushed, and wonders why her father never mentioned this person. Eventually, but with some hesitation, she goes to see Jeffrey, her mother's first husband (John David Souther). He provides her with valuable information to help with her assignment, including home movies and the answer behind the date written on the paper bag. An a cappella rendition of the Charlie Chaplin song "Smile" appears in the home movies, sung by her mother (Angeline Ball).
Meanwhile, Uncle Phil is trying to prove his love to Rose, after a man who owns a fancy car that supposedly needs many tune-ups tries to sweep her away. When Uncle Phil gets the courage to show what she means to him, he proposes.
As Vada is about to head home, she and Nick share a final moment at the airport, ending in a kiss. Plus, she receives earrings from him as a gift (she gets her ears pierced while in L.A., even though Nick is against the "barbaric custom"). When she returns home, she realizes Shelly had the baby, and it's a boy. She sings "Smile" to her new half-brother to calm him, the same song she heard her mother singing in the home movies. Her essay on her mother gets an A+.
(A brief scene where Nick sees Vada wearing a mood ring, which has ties to her late friend, Thomas J., also appears in the movie for continuity.)
- Dan Aykroyd as Harry Sultenfuss, Vada's father and director at Sultenfuss' funeral parlor.
- Jamie Lee Curtis as Shelly Sultenfuss, Harry's wife who worked as his make-up artist in My Girl, before they were married.
- Anna Chlumsky as Vada Sultenfuss, the main character, 13 years old.
- Austin O'Brien as Nick Zsigmond, the son of Rose Zsigmond and Vada's special interest during her stay in Los Angeles.
- Richard Masur as Phil Sultenfuss, Harry's brother who has moved to Los Angeles since My Girl and works as an auto mechanic.
- Christine Ebersole as Rose Zsigmond, Phil's girlfriend who runs the auto shop he works at.
- John David Souther as Jeffrey Pommeroy, the first husband of Vada's mother, Maggie Muldovan, a brief marriage.
- Angeline Ball as Maggie Muldovan, Vada's mother (as seen in home movies Vada views when she visits Jeffrey).
- Aubrey Morris as Alfred Beidermeyer, a poet and university professor who had Maggie as a student and whose work Vada admires.
- Gerrit Graham as Dr. Sam Helburn, a cardiologist who frequently visits the auto shop, and captures Rose's attention.
- Anthony R. Jones as Arthur, Harry's assistant at the funeral parlor.
- Ben Stein as Stanley Rosenfeld, a photographer who knew Maggie in high school.
- Keone Young as Daryl Tanaka, a police officer who knew Maggie in high school.
- Richard Beymer as Peter Webb, a film director who knew Maggie.
- Jodie Markell as Hillary Mitchell, a psychic who knew Maggie and also Jeffrey Pommeroy.
For her performance, Chlumsky won a Young Artist Award for "Best Performance by a Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture"; Thomson and O'Brien were also nominated for Young Artist Awards for their roles.
For several years Still My Girl was proposed as the third motion picture in the My Girl movie franchise and it was in development at Columbia Pictures. In his 2003 United Kingdom talk show interview with host Michael Parkinson, Dan Aykroyd stated that Columbia had an interest in getting this off the ground and strong interest in Anna Chlumsky returning to her role as Vada. In 2009, both Chlumsky and Aykroyd were still attached to the project but as the time passed it was becoming less and less likely that it would ever go into production. Finally, in April 2012, Chlumsky "put to rest" any rumors that such a film was in development.
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