“Kit Kittredge: An American Girl” full of Character and Hope

Genres: Kids/Family and Adaptation
Release Date: July 2nd, 2008 (wide)
MPAA Rating: G
Distributors: Picturehouse

Directed by: Patricia Rozema

JJ Rating: B+

Kit Kittredge (Abigail Breslin) is a mini reporter. She has a great eye for detail. She also has a great heart for her family and friends. She especially loves her father (Chris O’Donnell). When her father has to leave to find work, Kit and her mother take in borders to get through the Great Depression. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl.

It is children’s movie, for sure. But it was a good movie. It was a good movie because it was character driven and that is an important thing. Each character lived within the movie and was believable. The story was set during the Great Depression and that’s unique for movies of this generation since most movies that venture to the past go towards the time of Kings and Queens or WWII. So it was cool that this movie ventured through one of America’s down times with a positive and hopeful spin.

Abigail Breslin, Stanley Tucci, Glenne Headly, Jane Krakowski, Julia Ormond, Joan Cusack, Chris O’Donnell, Max Thieriot, Brieanne Jansen, Zachary Mills and Willow Smith all did a great job in connecting with their characters as well as the chemistry between one another.

The story was good. It dealt with Kit who wanted to be a reporter and she would write her own little stories on her typewriter. It was how she dealt with stressful situations; she wrote. She meets all kinds of characters that come to stay at the house because her mother decides to take in borders to help stay afloat while her husband looks for work in another city. Then there are hobos that are decent in everyway but looked down upon because they don’t have the means to live anywhere but in a hobo town. Lots of history on what it was like for so many different people then, even it if it’s a lighthearted look; at least it gives a view to that time that seems to give us a glimpse of what might be a repeat in history happening right now.

I think that if you have kids this movie would be good to see because it’s entertaining for adults and children. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl was entertaining and fun look at a time where it wasn’t so much fun to be an American. Plus even if it’s not based on a true story there are some historical facts that one can teacher their child about. It would be good to build upon so that children will not look down on others just because they fail to have a lot of possessions.

I was pleasantly surprised by the way they characters were handled and how they were presented. They were all so full of life and weirdness that they were more believable than many characters in other films. They were there to give a different perspective during a dark time. They all had their back stories and why they were the way they were and it was pleasant to see a film that could pull that off. I give kudos to everyone that participated in this film, well done.

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