There was some movie that would play on HBO occasionally. A girl had a stuffed animal (dog) that would come to life and talk with her in her bedroom. There was a boy who had a crush on her, and she blew him off all summer. Then she almost drowns while out swimming at the beach and in a twist of fate he actually drowns saving her. Which gives her a moody existential crisis, until her unusual aunt comes to visit her from out of town. They have a heart to heart, her aunt gives her a decked out gypsy type vest and that prompts the girl to give her magic stuffed animal to another little girl that she meets at a social event.