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Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008)

Abigail Breslin , Stanley Tucci , Patricia Rozema  |  G |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Abigail Breslin, Stanley Tucci, Joan Cusack, Julia Ormond, Chris O'Donnell
  • Directors: Patricia Rozema
  • Writers: Ann Peacock, Valerie Tripp
  • Producers: Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Ellen L. Brothers, Jodi Goldberg, Julia Roberts, Julie Goldstein
  • Format: Widescreen, Full Screen, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • 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: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WGVEAC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,089 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" on IMDb

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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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58 of 63 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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27 of 29 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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18 of 21 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good family movie November 13, 2008
Format:DVD
I watched this with my 11,9, and 3.5 year olds. We enjoyed it. It was clean and entertaining. My 11 year old said it was not in line with the book, but still enjoyed it. It gave us a lot of topics for discussion. Based on the depression era, we were able to discuss economy, prejudice and family. Two thumbs up from us.
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7 of 7 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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7 of 7 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie to watch with my girls
We loved this movie. It had heart and mystery. It was a great teaching moment about how to treat people.
Published 13 hours ago by Tiffany Gremmert
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
Since we had just completed reading, Bud, Not Buddy, which was set during the Great Depression, I wanted my students to see another film which was set during the Great... Read more
Published 8 days ago by School Teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This was a great movie for my 4th grade sudents after studying the Great Depression. I would highly recommend this movie to other classrooms.
Published 9 days ago by Allie
5.0 out of 5 stars Kit is Darling!
Such a great movie to show kids about the Great Depression!
Joan Cusack is hilarious!
My 10-year-old daughter has watched it over and over and over.
Published 15 days ago by samantha dubois
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the American Girl Series
Not only did my 9 year old daughter love this one (she loves them all!) but did my son and I. Great attention to historic detail, wonderful story line and terrific cast.
Published 16 days ago by craig@watchfamilymovies
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful movie
Kit Kittredge (Abigail Breslin) has always wanted to be a reporter. But now that's harder than ever with the Great Depression on them. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Sofia Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars History and Character Perfectly Shared
This film is not just for children. It is a beautiful, charming, informative, poignant, and fun story set in the Great Depression in Cincinnati, in the home of a family trying to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. T. Greer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
My 7 yr old loves anything American Girl, right now. We loved this movie.... It was right on with the teaching of morals, values, and a great learning lesson of the Depression.
Published 1 month ago by JBSGCNK
5.0 out of 5 stars Super cute!!!!
I love all the details and I could watch it anytime it make s me fell so happy watching it and so to b getting the doll I recommend watching this !!!!
Published 1 month ago by nadia rose boswell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
My little girl loved it! She found it very interesting to see how people live in that time period and has now decided she wants to add Kit to her AG doll collection!
Published 2 months ago by shonda hunt
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