Welcome to 90 from the ‘90s; the movie-related post in which I watch, discuss and debate a film from the 1990s – a film that I’ve NEVER SEEN. Posting on a semi-regular basis, I aim to work my way through 90 movies that I’ve previously missed/avoided, recording my thoughts along the way.
I’m going to watch good films, bad films, forgotten classics, Oscar winners and everything in between. Some of these films you’ll be surprised I’ve never seen, others you’ll completely understand why I’ve avoided them for 20+ years.
The rules are as follows:
- The film must be from the 1990s (1990-1999)
- The film must be a movie I’ve not watched before
Today’s unseen ‘90s movie is…
My Girl 2 (1994)
I’m both surprised and not surprised that I’ve never watched My Girl 2.
I’m surprised, because I’ve watched My Girl twice, so I would have thought that at some point during the last 24 years My Girl 2 would have crossed my path. It hasn’t.
I’m not surprised that I haven’t watched My Girl 2, because while My Girl was fine for what it was, it wasn’t the type of movie that left me feeling like I needed a sequel. Plus, I’m still trying to get over the death of Thomas J. (as played by Macaulay Culkin), who was tragically taken from us by bees.
I know we all need to protect the bees, but what those bees did to Thomas J., well, it’s difficult to move on from that.
Very difficult indeed.
I’m just taking each day as it comes.
Unlike Thomas J., who can’t take each day as it comes, because he’s dead.
He’s dead because of bees.
Those bees have blood on their wings.
*Clicks the play button*
1min 30secs – The film opens up at the funeral home. For a moment, I forgot that’s where the main characters live and I just presumed the film was beginning with the resurrection of Thomas J.! My Girl 2: Dead and Loving It?
4mins – Anna Chlumsky is a bit pissed off. She’s in a huff because Dan Aykroyd has got Jamie Lee Curtis pregnant and now he’s telling her to make way for the baby. Yeah, I’d be pissed off too.
8mins – Everyone is debating baby names. No one has suggested Thomas J. as a name and I’m not sure why.
14mins 30secs – Anna Chlumsky is at school and is being given an assignment, to write a paper about someone she’s never met and who has made an achievement. Chlumsky has decided to write the paper about her deceased mother. Personally, I’d have picked Ronald McDonald, but that’s just me.
19mins – Anna Chlumsky is going through all her mum’s belongings to find interesting things to write about. You know, if she would just pick Ronald McDonald it would be a lot easier to write the paper. She could probably hand out Big Macs for extra credit.
24mins – Nope, she’s still got her heart set on finding out more about her mother and has boarded a plane to LA to go on a mum hunt. Apparently, all the things she needs to know about her mother are in LA.
26mins – Austin O’Brien has arrived at the airport to collect Anna Chlumsky. O’Brien is best known for playing one of the lead roles in the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, Last Action Hero. From here on out, I’m just going to refer to him as ‘The Kid from Last Action Hero‘. I’m sure that’s what his parents call him.
26mins – Anna Chlumsky (to ‘The Kid from the Last Action Hero‘): “I don’t even know your name.” Yes you do, he’s ‘The Kid from Last Action Hero‘.
27mins – Charles Fleischer has just popped up in a cameo role and he’s playing a cab driver! Roger Rabbit is playing a cab driver! Why does Roger Rabbit have to drive a cab? Where’s Benny?
35mins – Anna Chlumsky has set off on her quest to discover her mother’s greatest achievement. £10 says her mother’s greatest achievement turns out to be giving birth to Anna Chlumsky. Either that or her mother’s greatest achievement is that she invented the Post-It.
36mins – Oh wait, she can’t have invented the Post-It – that was Romy and Michelle, right?
49mins 40secs – ‘The Kid from the Last Action Hero‘ has taken Anna Chlumsky to a tar pit. Not sure why. It’s not like she’s going to find information about her mum in a tar pit. Wait a minute, didn’t this tar pit feature in Last Action Hero? I know what you’re up to ‘Kid’, you’re trying to make this movie all about you! You’re trying to make this into a Last Action Hero sequel. Well, I only have one thing to say about this…
…that’s a brilliant idea. Now where the heck is Arnie?!
52mins – Oh, look a mention for Thomas J. – finally. It’s not like he was the co-star of the previous movie or anything. It’s not like he didn’t save the world from a
swarm million billion bees or anything. OK, so he didn’t but he might have done.
1hr 4mins – A key bit of information here: Anna Chlumsky’s mother may have been married before meeting Dan Aykroyd. This means Aykroyd might not be her dad.
1hr 12mins – This film is now turning into a father hunt.
1hr 18mins – Anna Chlumsky is now watching old movie footage of her mum. This is a tear-jerk moment. I’m holding it together, but I could go at any time.
*Wipes left eye*
1hr 19mins – Er… I had some dust in my eye.
1hr 22mins – It’s OK, panic over – Aykroyd is her dad. Oh and it turns out her mum was pretty cool.
1hr 25mins 30secs – ‘The Kid from Last Action Hero‘ is now hitting on Anna Chlumsky. Has he no shame? Thomas J. isn’t even cold yet! What? It’s been three years? Oh, that’s fine then. Take what you can get.
1hr 30mins – So, Anna Chlumsky has gone home; the new baby has arrived (it’s a boy); she got an ‘A’ on her paper; and Thomas J. has not been resurrected. Oh and her mother’s greatest achievement did turn out to be giving birth to Anna Chlumsky. I knew it!
My Girl 2 is alright. It’s an enjoyable, Sunday afternoon picture that harks back to a simpler time and it’s probably about as good as the first film.
Oh and as an added bonus it’s not Body of Evidence – so Madonna doesn’t turn up to flash her boobs.
I know this film has nothing to do with Body of Evidence, but I just thought I’d mention it because I SAT THROUGH THAT MOVIE ON FRIDAY AND IT WAS TERRIBLE. AND IF I HAVE TO SUFFER FROM THE FLASHBACKS I’VE BEEN GETTING TO THAT MOVIE THEN EVERYONE SHOULD SUFFER WITH ME.
Can never unsee.
For past entries in the 90 from the ’90s series, check out: The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), Poison Ivy (1996), Body of Evidence (1993), Turbulence (1997), Fatal Instinct (1993), True Romance (1993), Newsies (1992), Contact (1997), The Pelican Brief (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994), Shakespeare in Love (1998), A Perfect Murder (1998), Quigley Down Under (1990), Of Mice and Men (1992), Friday (1995), Mannequin on the Move (1991), She’s All That (1999), Double Dragon (1994), Stay Tuned (1992), Murder at 1600 (1997), Weekend at Bernie’s II (1993), My Own Private Idaho (1991), Wagons East (1994), In the Line of Fire (1993), Postcards from the Edge (1990), Universal Soldier (1992), Passenger 57 (1992), Mo’ Better Blues (1990), The Client (1994), Good Will Hunting (1997), Pump Up the Volume (1990), Mr. Nanny (1993), Fargo (1996), Hudson Hawk (1991), So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993) and Timecop (1994).