The movie: My Girl (1996)
For more details on the movie, go to imdb.com . In fact, for any details about the movie… go to that site. This article’s gonna be no help for facts.
Firstly, i saw this movie, aired by Sony Pix somewhere last week. The trailers were quite misleading, it started with this guy (who runs a funeral home) defending his girl (Jamie lee Curtis) from her ex. This would normally lead you to thinking that his girl is the ‘My Girl’. Uh uh…. couldn’t be more wrong, the movie’s all about that guy’s daughter. So it wouldn’t be very wrong to say that its a Children’s movie.
Juvenile or not, the movie’s rather touching. It follows the few days of a 11 yr old girl, who happens to have lost her mother soon after her birth and blames herself for it. her dad runs a funeral home and death is something common yet intimidating to her. I don’t know why, but she has it in her mind that she’s gonna die too.
The major pull of the movie is obviously when her friend, Thomas dies. Its heart breaking to see first her shock, her pain and then her denial. Though, her acceptance of his death is what leaves a dull ache in the heart. Something about the last lins of the movie, when she narrates her poem to the creative writing class is comforting. The lines go as:
Weeping willow with your tears running down,
why do you always weep and frown?
Is it because he left you one day?
Is it because he could not stay?
On your branches he would swing,
Do you long for the happiness that day would bring?
He found shelter in your shade,
he thought his laughter would never fade.
Weeping willow stop your tears,
for there is something to calm your fears.
You think death has ripped you forever apart,
but I know he’ll always be in your heart.
Its simple, no bombastic vocabulary, no violent imagery. Its a plain simple rhyme. My suggestion is, watch it. But after that, get a big scoop of ice cream and do all the pondering… it seems easier that way.