Kit Kittredge: An American Girl [Deluxe Edition] [DVD] [2008]

  • SKU: 19758719
  • Release Date: 11/15/2011
  • Rating: G
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

Synopsis


Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
Producer Julia Roberts brings the American Girl brand to the big screen for the very first time with this inspirational tale concerning a nine-year-old girl named Kit Kittredge (Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin) growing up during the Great Depression. Though the American Girls have previously appeared on the small screen in Samantha: An American Girl Holiday, Felicity: An American Girl Adventure, and Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front, Kit's adventure marks the very first major theatrical endeavor for the characters created by author Valerie Tripp. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Abigail Breslin
    Abigail Breslin - Kit Kittredge
  • Julia Ormond
    Julia Ormond - Mrs. Kittredge
  • Chris O'Donnell
    Chris O'Donnell - Mr. Kittredge
  • Wallace Shawn
    Wallace Shawn - Mr. Gibson
  • Joan Cusack
    Joan Cusack - Miss Bond



Customer rating

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A kid's-eye view of the Great Depression

    Posted
    Veggiechiliqueen

    Set in the Great Depression, Kit Kittredge follows the heroine of the American Girl Kit an American Girl books. Kit (Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine) is a 10-year-old aspiring reporter living in Cincinnati with her parents (Julia Ormond and Chris O'Donnell); her father Jack owns a car dealership, and her brother Charlie is away at college. As the movie opens, we see unfortunate neighbors with foreclosure signs in their yards, belongings being seized, and soup kitchens. Kit's situation goes from comfortable to pinched overnight; the bank seizes the dealership, her father moves to Chicago to look for work, and her mother must take in boarders to make ends meet. From there, it's only a short step to selling eggs, and then the poorhouse. Kit's generally optimistic outlook is nearly crushed under this avalanche of adult responsibilities, but her father gently tells her not to let it beat her before he leaves to look for work. Kit throws herself into her writing, penning a kid's eye view of the Depression as she volunteers at soup kitchens and befriends two young hobos, Will and Countee (Max Thieriot, who played Nancy Drew's boyfriend in Nancy Drew, and Willow Smith). Kit's dreams of being a writer are nearly stamped out by the unpleasant editor Mr. Gibson (Wallace Shawn of The Princess Bride (20th Anniversary Edition) fame), but she keeps at it in an effort to make sense of the suddenly senseless world around her. The new boarders are the subject of many of her articles. There's magician Mr. Berk (Stanley Tucci), mobile librarian Ms. Bond (Joan Cusack), Mrs. Howard and her son Stirling, and the exotic dance instructor Miss Dooley. But danger strikes as a series of robberies perpetrated by hobos sweeps the nation, and Will and Countee find themselves unwelcome, especially after Will is implicated in two robberies that hit close to home. Kit and her friends Ruthie and Stirling set out to solve the mystery of who would frame Will. The film does a wonderful job at capturing 1930s atmosphere, particularly in the soundtrack department. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack contains two fabulous tracks by the Puppini Sisters (retro 1940s-style vocal harmonies), Ain't We Got Fun by retro songbird Renee Olstead, and vintage tracks by Spike Jones, Billie Holiday, Cliff Edwards, and Xavier Cugat. Kit Kittredge is that rare movie that the whole family can enjoy together. The story (and I haven't read the book series that it's based on) is a gently old-fashioned tale of respect, altruism, and optimism in the face of difficulty that will resonate with parents, and kids will enjoy the blend of magic shows, funny characters, and mystery. The solid acting from the big-name cast, headlined by Abigail, offers up a sanitized but effective overview of the atmosphere of the Great Depression, particularly salient as our nation once again finds itself in a sea of foreclosures, high unemployment, and the threat of recession if not depression.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BEST MOVIE IN A LONG TIME!!!

    Posted
    RAZBERRY

    YOU'RE GONNA LOVE IT. IT'S WORTH WHATEVER THE PRICE. MY DAUGHTER AND I SAW THIS IN THE THEATER. IT WAS VERY UPLIFTING. IT IS REALLY A FEEL-GOOD MOVIE. I AM SO EAGER TO BUY THE DVD. I WANT TO GET TWO. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. ... BY THE WAY THIS IS NOT JUST A GIRL MOVIE. EVERY ONE WILL ENJOY IT. I REGRET THAT I DIDNT BRING MY SON.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Family Film

    Posted
    shoppinggrammy

    I took my 7 year daughter to see this film. It has a great story line. It was emotional for a couple in their late-sixties sitting in front of us. They had tears in their eyes as they remininced the era depicted in the film. It will be a classic family film. It is not just for girls. The film showed life of hobos and orphan children.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's great!

    Posted
    Joan
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    I love this movie..I show it to my students every year.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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