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  • My Girl [1992]My Girl | DVD | (10/05/2004) from £12.97   |  Saving you £-3.99 (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    A doomed Macaulay Culkin becomes the object of affection for a little girl (Anna Chlumsky), estranged from her widowed father (Dan Aykroyd). This somewhat daring premise has various emotional buffers to keep young viewers from going into shock from Culkin's demise, but My Girl is also not shut off from real feelings. And while the story remains safely predictable, at the end of the day it is still a bittersweet experience. Culkin's performance is okay in that somewhat mannered way of his post-Home Alone career, but Anna Chlumsky is unusually sophisticated in her understanding of her character and situation. Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis are perfectly stable as the kids' single parents. This is directed by Howard Zieff (Private Benjamin). --Tom Keogh

  • Private Benjamin [1980]Private Benjamin | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £5.99   |  Saving you £8.00 (133.56%)   |  RRP £13.99

    A pampered socialite (Goldie Hawn) is so distraught after the wedding-ni ght death of her husband (Albert Brooks) that she up and joins the Army. She whines, she pouts, she brings the corps down, until, of course, she gets with it. Eileen Brennan received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role as the butch Captain Doreen Lewis, Benjamin's nemesis. Funny and winning, the film takes an odd turn when Benjamin is assigned to the international theatre and gets involved with a dour Frenchman (Armand Assante). Of course, it's all part of Benjamin's growth as a person, and the part confirmed that Hawn had gone from a go-go girl to a "you go" girl. --Keith Simanton, Amazon.com

  • The Barbra Streisand Collection -- What's Up Doc / Up The Sandbox / Nuts / The Main EventThe Barbra Streisand Collection -- What's Up Doc / Up The Sandbox / Nuts / The Main Event | DVD | (25/08/2003) from £13.65   |  Saving you £22.34 (163.66%)   |  RRP £35.99

    The Barbra Streisand Collection consists of four movies: What's Up, Doc? (1972), Up the Sandbox (1972), The Main Event (1979) and Nuts (1987) In What's Up, Doc?, director Peter Bogdanovich tipped his hat to the classic screwball comedies of the 1930s, and especially the most glorious of them all, Howard Hawks' Bringing Up Baby. Barbra Streisand plays a charming flake who distracts a self-absorbed musicologist (Ryan O'Neal). He's engaged to be married, but soon Streisand's character has him chasing after stolen jewellery and getting into one madcap fix after another. --Tom Keogh Up the Sandbox springs from the early 1970s, when Streisand's career was in full stride. She stars as Margaret, a stay-at-home mum in the middle of New York who's feeling the strain of her narrow life. Frustrated by her self-involved husband and the mentally unstimulating tasks of motherhood, she escapes into fantasies--such as being chatted up by a cross-gendered Fidel Castro, bombing the Statue of Liberty with black militants and having a furious catfight with her overbearing mother. The movie's strength lies in these fantasies' slippery nature; some are over the top, but others are so subtle you're not always sure where they start and stop, making the portrait of Margaret's psyche intriguingly complex. --Bret Fetzer The Main Event is a comedic misfire from the mid-1970s, a futile attempt to bottle the same lightning that struck when Streisand teamed with Ryan O'Neal in What's Up, Doc? Here, Streisand plays a spoiled rich girl, the head of a bankrupt cosmetics company, who discovers she's lost everything--except her ownership of the contract of a washed-up boxer (O'Neal). So she tries to rally this dispirited pug into a comeback that will earn the kinds of purses that will put her back on her feet. Naturally, in the process, romantic sparks are kindled. But despite a loud and energetic performance by Streisand, the comedy doesn't add up to much. --Marshall Fine In Nuts Streisand is a mad high-priced "escort" accused of murder, but whether she's mad as hell or mad as a hatter is the question in this courtroom drama, adapted from the play by Tom Topor. While her doting, wilfully uncomprehending mother (Maureen Stapleton) and stepdad with a secret (Karl Malden) try to have her judged incompetent and sent to an asylum, she fights for her day in court with the help of a hapless legal aid attorney (a refreshingly understated Richard Dreyfuss). James Whitmore presides over the hearing with a compassion and sense of justice that gives one faith in the system, and la Streisand (who developed and produced the project) sinks her teeth into the tempestuous role like a starving actress. The plot holds few surprises, but the drama lies in the characters; veteran director Martin Ritt brings out the best in a top-flight cast. --Sean Axmaker

  • My Girl 2My Girl 2 | DVD | (14/07/2008) from £6.73   |  Saving you £3.26 (48.44%)   |  RRP £9.99

    After her adventures in 'My Girl' Vada is now thirteen years-old and living with her father and pregnant step-mother. A school project leads to a stay in Los Angeles and a holiday with Uncle Phil. There she discovers a lot about herself the uncertainties of first love and her role in a changing family...

  • My Girl/My Girl 2 [DVD]My Girl/My Girl 2 | DVD | (26/10/2015) from £9.43   |  Saving you £-1.44 (N/A%)   |  RRP £7.99

    My Girl: A coming-of-age comedy starring Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin (Home Alone) and newcomer Anna Chlumsky, MY GIRL is an irresistible story of first love and loss. Chlumsky makes an extraordinary acting debut as Vada Sultenfuss, a precocious 11-year-old tomboy and Macaulay Culkin is Thomas J., the boy next door. Their summer adventures from first kiss to last farewell introduce Vada to the world of adolescence. My Girl 2: The year is 1974. Vada is now 13 years old. Research for a school assignment leads Vada to Los Angeles where she stays with Uncle Phil (Richard Masur), his likeable girlfriend (Christine Ebersol), and her streetsmart son, Nick (Austin O'Brien Last Action Hero). Guided by Nick through the city of Los Angeles in search for clues to her late mother's history, Vada makes some surprising discoveries about her roots and also about herself as she confronts the uncertainties of adolescence, first love, first kisses and her place in a changing family.

  • The Dream Team [1989]The Dream Team | DVD | (01/06/2009) from £5.38   |  Saving you £4.61 (85.69%)   |  RRP £9.99

    This morning they were playing ping-pong in the hospital rec room. Now they're lost in New York and framed for murder. This was never covered in group therapy. Michael Keaton heads an all-star cast in this irresistible comedy about four mental patients who are seperated from their therapist on the way to a baseball game. A chronic liar with a violent streak Billy (Michael Keaton) finds himself on the loose in New York City with his fellow group-therapy patients: Henry (Chri

  • My Girl 2 [1994]My Girl 2 | DVD | (12/07/2004) from £6.78   |  Saving you £-0.79 (-13.20%)   |  RRP £5.99

    After her adventures in 'My Girl' Vada is now thirteen years-old and living with her father and pregnant step-mother. A school project leads to a stay in Los Angeles and a holiday with Uncle Phil. There she discovers a lot about herself the uncertainties of first love and her role in a changing family...

  • My Girl [1991]My Girl | DVD | (14/07/2008) from £5.99   |  Saving you £4.00 (40.00%)   |  RRP £9.99

    A charming coming of age comedy starring Dan Aykroyd Jamie Lee Curtis Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky 'My Girl' is an irresistible story of first love and loss. Chlumsky makes an extraordinary acting debut as Vada Sultenfuss a precocious 11 years old tomboy and Macaulay Culkin is Thomas J. the boy next door. Their summer adventure - from first kiss to last farewell - introduces Vada to the world of adolescence.

  • My Girl / My Girl 2 [DVD]My Girl / My Girl 2 | DVD | (31/05/2010) from £7.93   |  Saving you £2.07 (20.70%)   |  RRP £10.00

    My Girl: Anna Chlumsky makes an extraordinary acting debut as Vada Sultenfuss a precocious 11 years old tomboy and Macaulay Culkin is Thomas J. the boy next door. Their summer adventure - from first kiss to last farewell - introduces Vada to the world of adolescence. My Girl 2: Vada is now thirteen years-old and living with her father and pregnant step-mother. A school project leads to a stay in Los Angeles and a holiday with Uncle Phil. There she discovers a lot about herself the uncertainties of first love and her role in a changing family...

  • My GirlMy Girl | DVD | (04/06/2007) from £3.00   |  Saving you £9.99 (76.90%)   |  RRP £12.99

  • My Girl / My Girl 2 [1994]My Girl / My Girl 2 | DVD | (15/04/2002) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £22.99

    Doubling My Girl with its sequel makes sense since they tell a two-part tale. In the first film, 11-year-old Vada Sultenfuss (astounding newcomer Anna Chlumsky) lives with her widowed father, a distracted tuba-playing mortician (Dan Aykroyd). Rather understandably Vada is confused and disturbed about the nature of death. In her narration to camera we learn what it feels like to be a girl growing up in Pennsylvania in the early 1970s, as her father become involved with make-up artist Jamie Lee Curtis. Macaulay Culkin (in a performance reminding us that once there was a good child actor behind the name) is the best friend who assists her rite of passage. Jumping forwards two years into the sequel, My Girl 2, Culkin is replaced by Austin O'Brien. Now 13 and with a baby on the way in the Aykroyd /Jamie Lee Curtis home, Vada's growing-up continues further afield. She investigates the life of her mother in an attempt to understand her own. Los Angeles becomes the backdrop as she deals with the inevitable problems of puberty. Ultimately this is the story of a teenager's grounding in the ways of the world told simply and with charm. On the DVD: My Girl/My Girl 2 on disc sadly has no extras beyond a trailer for each film. It's also a shame the 1.85:1 transfer remains grainy for both. At least the three-channel surround picks out the period songs nicely. --Paul Tonks

  • My Girl 2My Girl 2 | DVD | (04/06/2007) from £4.49   |  Saving you £8.50 (65.40%)   |  RRP £12.99

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