Character: Shelly Sultenfuss
Directed by: Howard Zieff
Written by: Janet Kovalcik
Produced by: Brian Grazer, Joseph M. Caracciolo, David T. Friendly
Cast Members: Dan Aykroyd, Anna Chlumsky, Austin O'Brien
Released date: February 11, 1994
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chlumsky) is a 13-year-old girl searching for identity and independence. For a class project, she must write about someone she hasn't met but still admires, so she chooses her late biological mother. In order to learn more, Vada journeys to Los Angeles on a school break, staying with her uncle Phil (Richard Masur). Nick (Austin O'Brien), Phil's girlfriend's son, reluctantly agrees to show Vada around the city. But, before long, he's wrapped up in her search for truth.
• There’s being a kid. There’s being an adult. And then there’s that year in between.
→ Due to their limited screen time Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis almost declined to reprise their roles as Harry and Shelley and Vada was almost going to start the story entirely from Los Angeles as having moved in with her Uncle Phil while Harry and Shelley moved out of the country. However director Howard Zieff convinced both to participate as he felt it was key to the story that Vada had a stronger bond with her dad since the first movie and now accepted Shelley as her stepmother.