Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

Yesterday we went to see the movie Kit Kittredge: American Girl.  Although I’m not a huge fan of cute kiddie movies I found this one to be both entertaining and well made.  From the previews I had seen I thought it might be a “Nancy Drew” type spin off, but I was mistaken.  Starring Abigail Breslin as Kit, Julie Ormand and Chris O’Donnell as her parents and the other characters also played by well know actor and actresses, the talented cast took us back to a different time in history.  I was taken by the period costumes and the wonderful settings. In one of the scenes there was a quilt on the bed just like one that I had when I was a little girl that had been made from old coats by my grandmother. (Wish I still had it) 

The story is supposed to be about a young girl trying to get her stories published in the newspaper, but the underlying messages stood out more in my mind.  Friendship, family values, and compassion were shown throughout the movie.  I found the characters to be fun and believable as you watched them transform. I especially liked Julie Ormand’s portrayal of Kit’s mother.  I also learned a little bit about the “hobo jungle” that I had not known.  I was pleased by the movie’s portrayal of the depression and how it seemed to capture aspects of that time simply, but not overwhelming the young viewer with the grimness of it.  Although this may not be a ‘deep’ film, I thought it was worth the trip.  I have not seen the other American Girl movies, but if this one is an indication of their quality, I may have to.  I can see the potential of a steppingstone in elementary history study.

(Their expressions are not because of their movie experience.  It was the sun. LOL)

If you would like to read more about this flick check out the Kit Kittredge website.


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4 Responses to Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

  1. ReviewsbyHeidi says:

    I totally agree with everything you said about the movie. We really enjoyed it also.


  2. lcourtneymom says:

    It was good to read the review. We actually have Kit- she's mine, not dd's :-), and I had thought about letting dd watch the movie, so it is good to hear a positive review!

  3. lahbluebonnet says:

    We have the Felicity, Samantha, and Molly movies. We started getting them for dd for Christmas. Then she has all of the books. I don't always agree with some of the philosophy and actions of the character, but they are extremely historically accurate.

    I liked Julia Ormond in Sabrina. I'm looking forward to seeing her in Kit. I really liked John Schneider as Felicity's dad. It is funny, we have another movie with him at Christmas with a daughter named Felice.



  4. kellieann says:

    Thanks for the review! We like all the American Girl movies. Not sure if we'll make it to the theater to see this or not, but we'll definitely see it eventually.

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