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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2012
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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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2012
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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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2014
My daughter loves all the AG movies, I love that we can get them on here. One thing I don't like is that to leave a review it has to be a certain amout of words:(
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2014
We just love this American girl movie...my daughter is an early gymnast and this gives her quite a bit of motivation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2014
My youngest daughter watched this movie and she liked it and said she wanted to watch it again once it was over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2014
My daughter LOVES McKenna! She loves the doll, the books, the movie and the soundtrack! Anything McKenna or that could be used by McKenna is awesome in her eyes. As an adult that has to read the books, listen to the music and watch the movie - it's not too bad! There are a few situations in the story that we would handle differently than the characters but it's still much better than most of the other characters that are around these days! I would definitely recommend this to others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2013
I am glad I rented this to watch with my girls. It is a cute movie with good morals. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2013
My daughter loves this movie and watches it over and over again. It also has some great messages for kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2013
Great movie! WE LOVE THE AMERICAN GIRL MOVIES AND THIS WAS ONE OF MY DAUGHTER'S FAVORITES. SHE REALLY ENJOYED IT.
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