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Kit Kittredge-An American Girl

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The Great Depression hits home for nine year old Kit Kittredge when her dad loses his business and leaves to find work. Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin stars as Kit, leading a splendid cast in the first ever American Girl theatrical movie. In order to keep their home, Kit and her mother must take in boarders -- paying houseguests who turn out to be full of fascinating stories. When mother's lockbox containing all their money is stolen, Kit's new hobo friend Will is the prime suspect. Kit refuses to believe that Will would steal, and her efforts to sniff out the real story get her and friends into big trouble. The police say the robbery was an inside job, committed by someone they know. So if it wasn't Will, then who did it?

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Studio New Line
SKU 209207885
UPC 794043123948
UPC 14 00794043123948
Format DVD
Release Date 9/8/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen/Standard  1.85:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
Actors
Name Breslin,Abigail
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ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Quick! Name three subjects you think would result in a surefire family film hit! If you said The Great Depression, hobo culture, and the social pariah realities of both, you are clearly one of the suits that saw fit to greenlight Kit Kittredge: An American Girl. Granted, this starring vehicle for Little Miss Sunshine's Abigail Breslin, does fit her perky Oscar-nominated spunk to a T. But the dour backdrop of America in the throes of a bleak fiscal future, along with the resulting rampant homelessness, is enough to give modern audiences some substantial mortgage crisis deja-vu...Breslin is indeed the best thing about the movie, never once coming across as too contemporary for the time. But she's also so cinematically precocious, so completely a work of manufactured motion picture moralizing that she fails to come across as a real kid...Director Patricia Rozema fetishizes her '30s era details, camera lovingly lingering over antiquities that seem more photographically than personally practical, and there's a laxness in the energy which turns many scenes into history lectures. In fact, Kit Kittredge feels like one of those well-meaning movies they show as part of a presentation at our nation's numerous national parks. It embraces period piece accuracy while forgetting to include anything fun. It's just genial, generic wholesomeness, as bland and flavorless as such a description implies.
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Reviewer Bill Gibron
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Considering that it is inspired by one of the dolls in the American Girl product line, "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" is some kind of a miracle: an actually good movie. I expected so much less. I was waiting for some kind of banal product placement, I suppose, and here is a movie that is just about perfect for its target audience, and more than that. It has a great look, engaging performances, real substance and even a few whispers of political ideas, all surrounding the freshness and charm of Abigail Breslin, who was 11 when it was filmed...The movie is set in Cincinnati at the dawn of the Great Depression; perfectly timed, it would appear, as we head into another one...If you have or know or can borrow a girl (or a boy) who collects the American Girl dolls, grab onto that child as your excuse to see this movie. You may enjoy it as much as they do -- maybe more, with its period costumes, settings and music. The kids may be astonished that banks actually foreclosed on people's homes in the old days (hollow laugh). And there may be a message lurking somewhere in the movie's tolerance of hobos. The American Girl dolls have already inspired TV movies about Molly, Felicity and Samantha. What's for sure is that if "Kit Kittredge" sets the tone for more upcoming American Girl movies, we can anticipate some wonderful family films.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Widescreen, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Breslin,Abigail
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Ken Fox, TV Guide It's fun, fast-paced, educational entertainment that's fit for the whole family -- American boys included.
Lael Loewenstein, Variety Anchored by a fine performance from Abigail Breslin, this wholesome, engaging entertainment offers something for viewers ages 7 to 107.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly A smart, playful, informative pleasure.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor Preteen girls -- and not just those who are already American Girl fanatics -- should be entranced.
Rex Reed, New York Observer Enchanting. Spells entertainment with a capital E. The cast is uniformly excellent.

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