Once upon a time, the world satisfied a woman with a lot to find out about life, consisting of why you can never ever use enough blue eye shadow.
Her name was Vada Sultenfuss, a quick-witted and honest 11-year-old living in a funeral home with her widowed papa, fighting with hypochondria, bossing around her friend, squashing on her school instructor and normally determining life on the cusp of womanhood. She was, naturally, the star character My Girl, the hit coming-of-age movie starring Veep‘s Anna Chlumsky and Home Alone‘s Macaulay Culkin together with Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis.
With Chlumsky as Vada and Culkin as her sweet partner Thomas J, the ’70s-set film acted as a moving tale of maturing and dealing with adolescence, relationship, modification and loss. For a generation of children who matured with the movie in the ’90s, it was a continuous in the VCR gamer.
Now, as Friday, Nov. 27 marks the 29th anniversary of its release, there’s no much better time to review Vada’s world—and whatever we gained from it.