My Girl 2 (1994)

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Howard Zieff directs Anna Chlumsky, Austin O’Brien and Christine Ebersole in this coming of age sequel where Vada Sultenfuss travels to LA to learn more about her belated mother. 

An inoffensive sequel that didn’t really need to exist but passes the time nicely. I have a massive soft spot for the original but here Anna Chlumsky is given a diluted version of Vada, lacking all the gangly sass, sensitivity and drive. Equally Austin O’Brien, while adequate, isn’t really the heartbreaker that Macaulay Culkin’s Thomas J was. Neither a legacy destroyer, nor essential, whether you waste time on My Girl 2 will depend on whether you have a spare afternoon. There’s no gold here to be panned.

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