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Kit Kittredge: An American Girl [Blu-ray] (2008)

Abigail Breslin , Julia Ormond , Patricia Rozema  |  G |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (333 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Abigail Breslin, Julia Ormond, Chris O'Donnell, Jane Krakowski, Wallace Shawn
  • Directors: Patricia Rozema
  • Writers: Ann Peacock, Valerie Tripp
  • Producers: Julia Roberts
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (333 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FB5U26
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,897 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Great Depression hits home for nine-year-old Kit Kittredge when her dad loses his business and leaves to find work. Oscar nominee* Abigail Breslin stars as Kit, leading a splendid cast in the first-ever American Girl theatrical movie. In order to keep their home, Kit and her mother must take in boarders paying houseguests who turn out to be full of fascinating stories. When mothers lockbox containing all their money is stolen, Kits new hobo friend Will is the prime suspect. Kit refuses to believe that Will would steal, and her efforts to sniff out the real news get her and her friends into big trouble. The police say the robbery was an inside job, committed by someone they knew. So if it wasnt Will, then who did it?

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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Kid Stays in Print July 3, 2008
"Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" is certainly heartwarming and innocent, but that doesn't mean it's shallow and cloying. I admit that I thought it would be, mostly because I was expecting a virtual clone of last year's awful "Nancy Drew." There are certain similarities: both feature plucky young girls who do a lot of investigating; both have an assortment of colorful side characters; both are based on a series of stories, both feature Max Theroit. Unlike "Nancy Drew," however, "Kit Kittredge" aims to tell a good story with real subtexts; taking place at the height of the Great Depression, we meet characters that are downtrodden and desperate, not only because their financial situations are bleak, but also because they face the scorn and rejection of ignorant people. This adaptation of stories drawn from the "American Girl" doll line mixes childish zeal with some very mature themes, and that alone made it worth seeing.

Abigail Breslin brings enthusiasm, charm, and heart to the title character, a ten-year-old girl from Cincinnati, Ohio who runs a tree house club and dreams of becoming a newspaper reporter. She wants to write stories with fresh angles so that she can finally get into print. A pair of hobos--a helpful teenager named Will (Max Theroit) and his young friend, Countee (Willow Smith)--inspire Kit to write an article on hobo life. The fresh angle is that it will be told entirely from a kid's perspective, which may be needed in this case since many adults feel hobos are good-for-nothing leeches that suck the government dry. Kit has heard this rhetoric from her neighbors and classmates--one especially snotty young boy says that selling eggs and wearing dresses made of chicken feed bags bring you one step closer to the poorhouse.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and simple October 31, 2008
Format:DVD
Coming from a 16-hear-old girl like myself, this review may be of little help to some people. But to tell my honest opinion, this movie is a good one. And when I say good, I mean it's good. It's clean, has a fun storyline, GREAT actors, cute moments...and altogether leaves you feeling satisfied. While boys and men may not find much they like about it, I would recommend giving it a try. Little girls, teenagers, and moms alike have all told me they loved it...so why wouldn't you? :)
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh We Ain't Got A Barrel of Money July 3, 2008
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Kit Kitteridge: An American Girl is based on the best selling American Girl Kit Books authored by Valerie Tripp.
Kit's story begins in the 1930's during the Great Depression. Kit's father, Mr. Kitteridge, owns a car dealership. Her mother, Margaret is the director of the Ladies Garden Club. Kit's brother Charlie, is serving in the CCC, created by President Roosevelt. Kit aspires to become a newspaper reporter and to one day see herself in print with the Cinncinati Register. However due to the events of the Great Depression, Kit and her family's world is turned upside down. Mr. Kitteridge becomes unemployed after the bank forecloses on his car dealership. Due to the umployment situation in Cinncinati he travels to Chicago looking for work. Margaret Kitteridge along with Kit take on the responsibility of turning their large home into a boarding house. The boarders are an eclectic mix of individuals from different backgrounds. Stirling Howard, a classmate of Kit's and his mother Mrs.Howard, Miss Dooley, a dance instructor, Miss Bond, the local mobile librarian who can only stop the mobile library if she runs into something, Jefferson Berk, a magician who has a mystery of his own, and Fredrich, the boarder whose pet monkey is always keeping everyone on their toes. Kit and her mother also befriend Will and County, two young hobos who come to the Kitteridge home looking for work and a sense of family. Of course an American Girl story would not be complete without some excitement which comes in the form of a mystery for Kit and her friends to solve. This movie features a wonderful cast of character actors: Abigal Breslin as Kit, Chris O'Donnell as Mr. Kittredge, Julia Ormond as Margaret Kittredge, Jane Krakowski as Miss Dooley, Max Thieriot as Will Shepherd, Glenne Headley as Mrs. Howard, Joan Cusack as Miss Bond and Stanely Tucci as Jefferson Berk.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a Different kinda Movie!!!! July 8, 2008
By Lauren
Compared to all of these crude 3-D animated movies,the repeated Super hero flicks, and the Rated R movies that have gone too far, there is finally a movie that is good without without the phony glitz and glamor! In fact, this movie teaches kids to be thankful for what they have and forget all of that nonsense. It is educational without being boring. It is interesting and has something for everybody in this movie. I recommend it for the whole family. You MUST go see this.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I really enjoyed Kit Kittredge. I thought the film was an important and interesting portrait of life in Cincinnati during the Great Depression. As a Cincinnatian, I enjoyed seeing our city portrayed on the big screen and could relate to a lot of the local references.

The film was not the most fast-paced film I've ever seen, but it more than made up for it with its storyline. This movie is at once a drama, mystery and historical fiction. I walked away from the film still thinking about it, which is the sign of a good film to me.

The acting is terrific and includes acting giants and others I believe will be the acting giants of tomorrow. This is not one to be missed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice kiddy movie.
Published 1 day ago by RSM
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It is a nice kids show. Clean and fun. This movie is centered around the Depression years.
Published 2 days ago by JAS48
5.0 out of 5 stars and both of us really enjoyed it!
Watched it with my 8-yr. old granddaughter, and both of us really enjoyed it!
Published 4 days ago by David E Scarlett
5.0 out of 5 stars Our entire family enjoyed Kit's "spunk
Our entire family enjoyed Kit's "spunk." This movie had a captivating storyline (whodunit mystery) while being set during the Great Depression... Read more
Published 5 days ago by D. Brewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great time period. Great story
Published 5 days ago by cara burley
4.0 out of 5 stars my kids enjoyed this movie
My daughter loved this movie. Should enjoyed seeing what life was like in that time period and the struggles people went through.
Published 5 days ago by C. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good family movie.
Published 6 days ago by Fred Dickman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family friendly movie
Great family friendly movie. Really drives home the current situation about the economic times we as a nation are facing today. My children got the message.
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great kidd move
Heart warming move for young and old. Don't know if this is a searis or not but should be.
Published 7 days ago by William Towner
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie.
Loved this movie. Watched it with my 9 year old grandchild. This movie relates hardships and what it was like for kids and their families during the Great Depression as well as... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Carolyn Roberson
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Sorry to hear that dude but my digital copy has expired despite I just got the blu ray 2 weeks ago.
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