is a 1991 coming-of-age drama film directed by Howard Zieff and starring Anna Chlumsky
, Macaulay Culkin
, Dan Aykroyd
and Jamie Lee Curtis
. Set in the summer of 1971, the film revolves around Vada Sultenfuss (Chlumsky), an 11-year-old girl living with her father (Aykroyd). Vada is obsessed with death. Her mother is dead, and her dad owns a funeral parlor. Her best friend, Thomas J. Sennett (Culkin) has various allergies and her father falls in love with makeup expert Shelly DeVoto (Curtis) whom he hires for the parlor. Vada tries everything she can to split them up while sticking around with Thomas J. for some various adventures...
The film's success spawned a sequel in 1994, with Chlumsky, Aykroyd and Curtis reprising their roles and Austin O'Brien (Last Action Hero
) rounding out the cast.
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