When a children’s movie is set in a funeral home, you know it’s going to be heart-wrenching. But My Girl — the 1991 coming-of-age story about Vada Sultenfuss (that name is the first tragic thing about this movie) and her too-young-to-be-romantic best friend, Thomas (Macaulay Culkin) — isn’t sad because of a funeral. It’s not even sad because Vada’s mother died. It’s not sad because her father has fallen in love with another woman who, while nice, causes mixed feelings in Vada, who worries that her mother is being replaced. It’s not even sad because of the awkward pain of preadolescent male-female relationships between kids too young and too naive to understand what that pain means. No, it’s sad because of bees. Stupid, stupid bees. We won’t ruin the ending, but we will say this: you’ll need at least two full boxes of Kleenex.
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