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Felicity - An American Girl Adventure (2005)

Shailene Woodley , Kevin Zegers , Nadia Tass  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shailene Woodley, Kevin Zegers, David Gardner, John Schneider, Marcia Gay Harden
  • Directors: Nadia Tass
  • Writers: Anna Sandor, Valerie Tripp
  • Producers: Deborah Schindler, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Julia Roberts, Lisa Roberts Gillan, Marisa Yeres
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ARXFA0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,211 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Felicity - An American Girl Adventure" on IMDb

Special Features

  • On Set with Felicity: Exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Shailene Woodley
  • Felicity's Williamsburg: Movie actors Shailene Woodley and Katie Henney lead viewers on a tour of Felicity’s hometown of Williamsburg, Virginia, now a living history museum
  • DVD-ROM weblink to Felicity's World online at

Editorial Reviews

The doll you love comes home on DVD in a full-length, live-action movie. Felicity: An American Girl Adventure has all the joy, excitement and you-are-there history of the best-selling books about Felicity Merriman, a spirited girl growing up in Virginia in the years just before the American Revolution. Nine-year-old Felicity (Shailene Woodley) knows she's supposed to stay quietly indoors doing "sitting-down kinds of things." But she yearns for the freedom of the outdoors...and especially for the adventure of riding horses. Then she meets a beautiful, copper-colored mare who's mistreated by her cruel owner. When Felicity tries to rescue the horse she calls Penny, she learns valuable lessons about loyalty, responsibility and independence.

DVD Features:
Featurette:Featurette on the American Girl Hospital Behind-the-Scenes documentary

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Well Done Period Movie for the family September 20, 2006
Getting children interested in history is a tough thing to do, especially colonial American history. And it's a rarity these days when a historical film is made that is directed mainly to children. It's even more rare when such a film is done well enough that adults can enjoy it, too. "Felicity - An American Girl Adventure" is one of those extremely rare movies that shows, fairly accurately, life in the colonial era of our country's history. Oh, I'll be the first to admit that there are 'liberties' taken in this film, as is normal with Hollywood-type movies. But when one compares the liberties taken here to a historical film with more of an adult nature ("The Scarlet Letter" comes to mind) I would say Felicity is much closer to historical accuracy.
The purpose of this film, however, is not necessarily to be a history lesson, but instead an entertaining story set during colonial times. Entertainment that tweens and parents should both enjoy and yet still understand the history behind it.
The best part is - - - there IS history to be learned here.
I enjoyed the inter-action of the main characters, especially with the grandfather, as it shows our ancestors not as stiff wood-cut sketches from history books but real people that actually existed at one time just like we exist today. In the course of watching this film we see fear, concern, anger, frustration...and happiness. This movie includes some of the discourse between family members concerning the outset of what would become the American Revolution, which, for whom this movie is geared towards, was really taking a gamble. But, I feel it paid off. This alone is reason to award this film five stars, as school children in today's day and age do not always get both sides of the story.
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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Movie for the Whole Family to Enjoy November 30, 2005
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My daughter and I loved the American Girl movie " Samantha: An American Girl Holiday" and eagerly looked forward to "Felicity: An American Girl Adventure". The movie centers around 10 year old Felicity in 1775 Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Felicity is a tomboy, would rather spend time with the horses, however her mother wishes her to become a "gentlewoman" (wife, mother, housekeeper). Upon taking her "gentlewoman lessons" she meets Annabelle and Elizabeth Cole. The Coles are loyalists from England living in the colonies. Elizabeth and Felicity become friends however their friendship is tested when Elizabeths father is sent to prison for showing loyalty to the king. The other part of the story is that Felicity befriends an abused horse owned by Jiggy Nye. Felicity ends up befriending the horse, training the horse, unintentionally stealing her, only to have her grandfather purchase the horse for her in the end. Felicity starts out as a self centered 10 year old but she learns to put others first, she rescues her father's apprentice Ben from the bounty hunters, she visits Jiggy Nye in prison to give him food and a blanket and lastly she takes care of her family while her mother is ill. By the end of the movie Felicity has changed from a child to a "gentlewoman" as her mother calls her. This movie will appeal to girls as well as boys while introducing American history to them. This is a movie for you to watch with your family again and again.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous film! November 30, 2005
I watched the film with my 8-yr-old daughter and 10-year-old son, and we really enjoyed it. The movie spent just enough time talking about Loyalists and Patriots that it really opened the doors for the kids to ask questions about Democrats and Republicans, and how families can be torn apart by their beliefs. The moviw was well-acted and beautifully filmed.

I liked it, and I'm a 50-year old Dad!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice movie for children................. May 29, 2006
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Felicity was a wonderful movie for my 8-year old daughter. The scenery was beautiful and the characters were very much like the American Girl books written. My daughter also thought the characters were very polite and kind, something you do not see too often in movies today.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Movie Ever! January 19, 2006
My daughter has some thoughts..."I loved this movie. I am 7 years old and I love American Girl. I really like Felicity because she is high spirited, loves horses and is way braver than Ben, a boy! I like the Felicity books too. The movie is a little different than the books, but not much. I think they just did this to make the movie totally awesome. Every girl should watch this movie!!! It is great. Felicity stood up for what she believes in and was helpful and kind. She is someone to look up to."
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCUSE ME!!!!!!!! February 14, 2006
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60 of 77 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars WARNING TO PARENTS! --- Bad Lesson in Beguiling Film December 27, 2005
This is certainly a beautiful film in it's evocation of the period, and there's a lot that is good about it.

However, a central and ongoing plot point teaches a very dangerous lesson to children. In the story, Felicity *repeatedly* disobeys her parents' clear instructions in order to visit an almost-wild horse (belonging to the "villian" of the story) and to tame and train the horse secretly, by night. It takes many night sessions in order for her to do this.

In the context of the story this is very dangerous behavior because not only was the horse wild (having been previously demonstrated to be dangerous), but the man to whom it belongs was also, at that time, mean, drunken looking, and obviously threatening had he found Felicity on his property at night. And, of course it was deliberate disobedience against her parents for her to be doing it anyway.

Now, during Felicity's repeated disobedient and dangerous visits I kept thinking that, in Disney-like fashion (that is, the *older* classic Disney films), there would probably be some consequences to her repeated and deliberate disobedience, and therefore a good lesson learned. I thought that the huge horse, with it's wildly rearing hooves, would certainly hurt the child, necessatating the ugly intervention of the property owner, and thus teaching the girl (and the viewers) a moral lesson about the serious consequences of deliberate parental disobedience.

Was I right?


In the story, the child successfully "trains" the horse by repeated disobedient and secretive nighttime visits, and, in the end, the adults basically overlook it, and in effect give their consent and approbation to everything the girl did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Extremely happy with everything. Thank you.
Published 6 days ago by Keith S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 days ago by Margaret A. Roche
5.0 out of 5 stars Shailene Woodley, as a child, shines in this wonderful family movie...
Shaliene Woodley stars as Felicity in this wonderful American Girl historical film. You may already know that more recently Shailene played the role of George Clooney's daughter... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Neb42
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't underestimate your kids!
I'm a 28 year old woman, but Felicity was my favorite American girl story growing up. I was obsessed and loved the film when it came out. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie for the whole family!
This is our first American Girl movie and the whole family loved it! It is safe for children (our youngest are 5), which I appreciate. Read more
Published 5 months ago by AAyers
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Family Film.
We checked this out from the library for my 6-year-old granddaughter, and she just loved it—and so did I. Read more
Published 5 months ago by W. E. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars American girls collection
This is another great movie for girls who love the American Girl dolls and stories. Bought it as a gift for a special little someone. Good story.
Published 5 months ago by dbrandstetter
5.0 out of 5 stars movie american girl felicity
this is for my seven year old granddaughter and she loves it! it came as described and and quickly! she loves American dolls.
Published 6 months ago by pearl colby
5.0 out of 5 stars As expected!
Was a gift for an American Girl fan. These movies provide insight to what life was like for girls during various lifetimes. Gift recipient loved it!
Published 7 months ago by N L.
5.0 out of 5 stars My 6 year old LOVES it!
She watches it every night, literally, at bedtime. She even wanted the Felicity American Girl doll and Penny, the horse (great....yay more money). Read more
Published 8 months ago by Chris
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