An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars 2012 NR CC

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(199) IMDb 6.2/10
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American Girl McKenna comes to life in this modern-day adventure about a determined gymnast who must focus on her strengths to overcome challenges and find a way to believe in herself again.

Starring:
Jade Pettyjohn, Kerris Dorsey
Runtime:
1 hour 35 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices.

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An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Vince Marcello
Starring Jade Pettyjohn, Kerris Dorsey
Supporting actors Nia Vardalos, Ian Ziering, Ysa Penarejo, Cathy Rigby, Kally Berard, Talia Pura, Paula Rivera, George Chiang, Kadence Kendall Roach, Paiten Raine Roach, Aisha Alfa, Will Woytowich, Abbey Thickson, Emma Leipsic, Laura Cartlidge, Stefanie Wiens
Studio Mattel
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

This is a very good family movie.
Michael Cassidy
My daughter loves this movie and watches it over and over again.
Tara Z.
It teaches a good lesson and has good morals.
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I watched this movie with 2 six year olds and 2 eight year olds (3 girls and a boy) and it was a hit. It is pretty standard American Girl fare - the plot centers on McKenna, who is a fantastic gymnast but has some struggles in school, and then injures her foot which prevents her from practicing gymnastics right as she's heading into a big competition. Her parents decide it's the perfect opportunity for her to bring her grades up, and get her a tutor, who happens to be wheelchair-bound, enabling lots of politically-correct realizations about disabled individuals on the part of McKenna. In the meantime she has a falling out with her best friend because she's embarrassed to tell her she has a tutor and the friend can sense she's lying about something. The movie is basically about McKenna navigating through all these elementary-age dilemmas and challenges, and about the lessons she learns in the process.

The film is very unrealistic when it comes to gymnastics, and on several other fronts as well - there's a spooked horse scene and a library spy scene that are pretty over the top and borderline campy. But the kids I watched it with were riveted the whole time, and it's hard to imagine any parent objecting to the overall themes of the importance of honesty, doing well in school, supporting your friends, and standing up for yourself. So while it's definitely not movie theater quality, it's a great home viewing option if you have 6-10 year old girls in your household.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dad of Divas TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 26, 2012
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This was a fun, family oriented film that fits in well with the American Girl series of movies. The movie brings out some salient messages that I love to share with my own girls in relation to friendship, teamwork and perseverance. What I love most about this movie is that it is the type of movie that you can watch over and over again with your family and it reinforces messages that you want your girls to see and believe in! The acting in the movie was great and my girls just loved the film in its entirety. If you are a fan of American Girl or a fan of great family oriented films that will motivate and inspire your girls to achieve more, you will want to pick up this film today!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By horselover415 on July 19, 2012
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My mom got this movie for me! I am twelve years old, and a big fan of American Girl. We currently own two other movies from AG, and I have seen all except one. I would say this one was tied with Carissa Stands Strong! It is a wonderful movie about friendship,telling the truth, and confidence.

McKenna is a young gymnast hoping to make the regional competitive gymnastic team. Her coach (Cathy Rigby, olympic gymnastics medal winner)helps her to perfect her moves. She works hard at her sport, but is having trouble in school. When her parents suggest a tutor she is embarrassed. McKenna tries her best to hide it from her friends. Then she takes a bad fall in the gym, and is stuck in a cast for eight weeks. Soon she comes to like her tutor. They even become friends. Having her leg in a cast helps her to understand her tutor better. Her best friend, Tyling, feels replaced, and there is only three weeks until the competition. She is torn between her two friends, gymnastics and school. Finally after much practice she makes the team, and her friends finally agree.
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I love this movie! It's great for all ages! I would recommend this to anyone! Nothing bad to say about it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kristina Overtoom on August 3, 2013
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That is what my 12 year-old daughter said at the end of this movie. McKenna told a lot of lies to a lot of people out of pride and the desire to be perfect. All storylines were neatly tied up at the end. And McKenna gave the moral of the story at the end, in case we didn't catch it the ten times it was explicitly stated throughout the movie. This is the basic formula of all American Girl movies.

The good point is that her parents are very involved in her life and there are times when they step in and make her do the right thing even if it is hard or embarrassing. Adults in general are shown as people who have wisdom and can guide the children and who want what's best for them as opposed to most Disney shows that have the parents portrayed as clueless or ineffective or absent. For that, I give American Girl scriptwriters kudos.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By susanssmith on August 14, 2013
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My little girl loves dance and gymnastics and absolutely loves this movie! We watch it over and over and over!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jkniivila on July 15, 2013
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This was purchased for my 5yr old daughter - a fellow gymnastics fan. We both enjoy watching this movie - it is full of great life lessons and positivity. Great for little ones!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J C Mendenhall on March 1, 2014
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My daughter and I really enjoyed this movie. My daughter loved all the gymnastics, I liked that it teaches about friendship, abilities and not giving up. This was our favorite new American Girl movie so far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jennifer on February 25, 2014
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I enjoyed watching this movie with my daughter, McKenna. Good moral to the story, if you work hard enough towards a goal, you will achieve it!
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