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My Girl Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

Coming of age tale tackles death; for older kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that death is the main theme of this movie. Vada's mother died while giving birth to her (this is never depicted; only alluded to). A main character dies tragically from bee stings (again, the death is off screen). This sudden, unexpected death is bound to have an emotional impact on impressionable viewers. Divorce is mentioned, and there are a few obtuse references to sex.

  • Families can talk about how to cope with the death of a loved one. Is it okay for Vada's father to remarry after his first wife died? How do we know when it is time to mourn or time to move on?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Child learns that life goes on after the death of loved ones.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A character dies offscreen from bee stings.

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    Sex: Obscure references to sex and the sexual revolution.

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    Language: The "s" word, "ass." One character calls her friend a "retard."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Reference to lighting a joint.