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Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008)

1 rating: 5.0
Comedy and Kids & Family movie directed by Patricia Rozema

A period piece set in the Great Depression and based on the extremely popularAmerican Girlbook series,Kit Kittredgeis a moving and believable story about a smart 10-year-old girl whose family is profoundly affected by the Depression. May, 1934 finds … see full wiki

Director: Patricia Rozema
Genre: Family, Comedy
1 review about Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008)

Not Just For American Girl Fans

  • Dec 7, 2008
Rating:
+5
Sorry for the stereotype, but this movie would normally draw a decidedly young female audience. I was very surprised at how this movie was not doll like. It will appeal to a very wide audience.

The view of the depression, yes it's very whitewashed. Perfectly in focus. Sunny. Beautiful homes. And even the hobo camp is well organized. But there was some real insight into the depression here. It takes a young person's view of what happened around them at that time. I think it speaks to a young pre-teen to teen audience about the difficulties people may have faced. Let's just say, my 13 year old son and I enjoyed this film very much. And he's a very hard sell.

There's some fun in here, Stanley Tucci, Joan Cusak (School of Rock), Jane Krakowski (from Ally McBeal / 30 Rock), Wallace Shawn (120 different movies, but well known as Rex in Toy Story, and Gilbert in the Incredibles), and Colin Mochrie (from The Drew Carey Show, and Whose Line Is It Anyway). Abigail Breslin (Air Buddies and Nim's Island) did a very nice job - a tiny bit of overacting, but hey she's only 12 years old. I mention the cast and where they come from with the intention that adults and maybe boys might be more drawn into this film.

Yes of course there's It's a Wonderful Life in here. But the finest message of this film, even if you don't have much, helping others is a wonderful thing. Kit's mother gave of herself even when they had little. That was an amazing thing to watch.

Yes I enjoyed this film. It's some fine family entertainment that hits a sweet spot from about 10 to 14 or 15. There's some nice lessons to be learned here, and a little bit of a sense of the depression.

Nicely done.

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