Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
Suitable for any age.
Theatrical Release: 7/2/2008
Video Release: 10/29/2008
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Writer: Ann Peacock and Valerie Tripp
Producer: Ellen L. Brothers
Director: Patricia Rozema
Runtime: 94 min.
MPAA Rating: G
Starring: Abigail Breslin,
This film is written by Ann Peacock ("A Lesson Before Dying," "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe") and tells the story of the clever and resourceful Kit Kittredge, a nine-year-old girl growing up in 1934 during America's Great Depression.
Introduced in 2000 as the seventh American Girl historical character, Kit Kittredge will be the first one to have her story adapted for a theatrical film. Working in partnership with American Girl for the last five years, Goldsmith-Thomas Productions and Red Om Films have received nominations and awards for their telefilms "Samantha: An American Girl Holiday," "Felicity: An American Girl Adventure," and "Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front."
This is a moving, inspirational film for all generations! Older folks will remember the Great Depression that is depicted in the movie, while everyone to some extent will be able to relate to the struggles of Kit Kittredge and her family. Kit's father, played by Chris O'Donnell, loses his car dealership and heads to Chicago to look for work. In the meantime her mother (Julia Ormond) opens up their house to borders in order to keep their home. When some valuables are stolen from a box, Kit is determined, along with her friends, to solve the mystery of who the thief or thieves are.
Kit is also determined to become a published writer at the local newspaper, and she keeps looking for the one great story that will win her her first by-line. This film promotes reading, literacy, overcoming difficult economic times, and a stick-to-it perseverance that should be applauded. We gladly award five Doves, our highest rating, to this family-friendly film.
Sex: One sexual innuendo that will float over most kid's heads; a flirtatious woman.
Violence: A man robs another man; thieves chase kids; a man is hit on the head with a shovel.
Drugs: A toast at the Thanksgiving meal.
Nudity: A dancer wears skorts (short skirt basically).
Other: The topic of the good and bad of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor is discussed; some kids make fun of other kids; a father leaves a family; sacred water is used in a tree house pledge in an innocent way.