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A Bit Melodramatic and Cheesy for Adults but Hits All the Right Notes for the 6-10 Year Old Girl Set
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.