An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong
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Meet Chrissa Maxwell. She and her family have just moved, and she has to start at a new school mid-year. Will she fit in? Can she find new friends? On her very first day, Chrissa is seated with three girls who greet her with teasing and tricks. The Mean Bees really know how to stingthey bully her in class, on the bus, online, and even at swim club. Chrissa cant seem to make any new friends; not even with the girl who seems to need a friend the most. When the biggest bully becomes Chrissa's swimming rival, the taunting finally goes too far. Now its up to Chrissa. Will she find a way to stand strong and stop the bullying?]]>
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I figured this movie would be like every other typical Disney-style movie where Chrissa will eventually get revenge on the "bad guy", you know with some plot where say she makes some elaborate contraption which will embarrass the heck out of Tara and spill green paint on her or whatever and everyone will laugh at Tara and Chrissa will be the hero. That is NOT how this story goes at all, and I am very impressed American Girl (who is in the DOLL business) did not fantasy candy-coat the story. Rather, as you will see, it is shown with much more realism and makes you think about what you would do if you were in Chrissa's (or her parents') situation.
I actually have someone who has been bullying my 10 year old daughter over the past few months and ironically I got a few pointers from this movie last night, it made me think a little different about how to approach the situation. It also reinforced some of my beliefs on what makes someone a bully as well as providing some tips on ways to keep Chrissa staying strong.
Like other viewers, I bet you will be curious to see what bully Tara's parents look like - in every other movie (e.g. Camp Rock) the snobby/mean girl's mother is usually some self-centered witch who is nasty with her daughter and thus the chain continues....Read more ›
The acting is very true to life and the little girl who plays the lead has a great career ahead of her. Strong supporting adult cast, good cinematography, and an interesting plot keep the movie appealing. The way the parents dealt with Chrissa's problem, a little too late in the game, in my opinion, was very realistic. Or at least, they dealt with it the way it should be dealt with.
I think most kids would benefit from watching this movie and seeing how other kids have handled bullying. It was a relief to know that the script tried to portray how a real kid would feel ("I don't want to be a tattletale!Read more ›
There is a reason why school has become an entirely different and more frightening world for children than it was even just ten years ago. There's a reason why entire seminars have been devoted to training teachers how to be proactive with bullying in today's classrooms. The story of Chrissa--through both the movie and its accompanying books--is ideal for children, parents, and educators to watch together. Believe me, whether you're a kid yourself or someone who works with students on a regular basis, the movie will give you plenty to think about, all told through the eyes of a fictional child who is just one of thousands of targeted students in the real world.
Films about the psychology of female cattiness/bullying have grown considerably more common in recent years, with the made-for-TV film "Odd Girl Out" and theatrical semi-classic "Mean Girls" exploring the concept in different formats.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good family movie that discusses bullying in elementary school/Published 20 hours ago by June61992
My nine-year-old loved this movie. She and her friends love American Girl, and they would like to see more movies which are appropriate for their age group such as this one.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Granddaughters wanted to see the movie. I was not so impressed. My biggest gripe is the fact that these are supposed to be pre-teen girls and they have enough makeup on to be... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Nonnie8
It was a very nice movie to watch with my Granddaughter. We really enjoyed it and I would recommend it as a great family entertainment movie.Published 4 days ago by kori mcbrayer
We enjoyed watching this as a family. Bullying is a really big problem and they did a really good job tackling the issue. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Rory S.
Great message about bullying. My daughter and I have watched over and over.Published 7 days ago by Tanya Slater