Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front 2006 NR CC

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World War II rages in Europe, and Molly is a nine-year-old girl whose family life has been thrown into turmoil since her father, a doctor, has been stationed with the U.S. Army.

Starring:
Maya Ritter, David Aaron Baker
Runtime:
1 hour, 24 minutes

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Genres Military & War, Drama, Kids & Family
Director Joyce Chopra
Starring Maya Ritter, David Aaron Baker
Supporting actors Tory Green, Sarah Manninen, Genevieve Farrell, Andrew Chalmers, Molly Ringwald, Hannah Fleming, Samantha Somer Wilson, Josette Halpert, Sarah Orenstein, Eliza Jane Scott, Amy Stewart, Mary Francis Moore, Elva Mai Hoover, Geri Hall, Bradley Reid, Joe Sacco, Keith Knight, Landon Norris
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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Customer Reviews

Great and enjoyable family movie!!!
Vasilios Melidoneas
The story shows young people what life was like at home during the war.
John Pro.
I loved this movie for my 5 year old daughter.
Susan K. Tudisco

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By K. Alphs on December 14, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
My daughter and I anxiously awaited the premiere of "Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front" and we were not disappointed. The story centers around young Molly McIntire in the small midwestern town of Jefferson, Illinois in the mid 1940's as the United States has just entered World War II. Molly's neat,predictable world rapidly changes overnight once the USA enters World War II. Dr. McIntire, Molly's dad enlists in the army and is sent overseas to London, England where help is needed the most. Molly's mother takes a job at the local aircraft plant to make ends meet financially leaving the McIntire children in the care of a neighbor, Mrs. Gilford. Molly's family takes in a 10 year old refugee from London named Emily while Miss Campbell, Molly's teacher looses her fiance' during a bombing in London. Through all the changes and adjustments Molly keeps a positive attitude and a determined spirit which was the backbone of America's homefront. This is a movie your whole family will enjoy!

As a side note our family is anticipating next years American Girl movie which will be "Kit" and will be produced by Walden Media.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Sunny Sewing Honeybee on December 5, 2006
Format: DVD
I've been a fan of American Girl books for nearly 20 years, and Molly has always been my favorite character. Sadly, this movie does away with all of the magic of the books. Molly is no longer bad at math. Instead, she's a spelling whiz. Her brother Brad is gone, and Miss Gilford is a neighbor rather than a housekeeper. Most of the endearing scenes and story-lines in Molly's books are left out (such as Molly and her siblings getting a tree, camping, her birthday, their snowball fight, school Lend a Hand projects, finding Dad's package and hiding it, Molly and her friends trying to give her a perm, Halloween . . . the list goes on), while some that weren't necessary are disproportionately expanded upon, such as Emily's. It would be easier for diehard Molly fans to point out what is the same between books and movie, rather than what is not, since the two hardly resemble one another. Only the turnip scene is here.

On its own, as a movie, it's also somewhat of a disappointment. The two people I watched it with didn't know anything about Molly. One struggled not to fall asleep while the other read and made phone calls. The movie is presented in a series of vignettes that are hardly connected to one another, with a trauma about Dad added to the end of the movie in order to give some semblance of a typical climax and resolution storyline. Rather than being a movie about Molly, however, Miss Campbell, Dad, and Emily get a lot of attention throughout. It seems to be a movie without a focus, searching around for a plot. It also seems dark, which is in contrast to Molly's books.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By third time mom on December 5, 2006
Format: DVD
This American Girl movie is my least favorite. Anytime a book is made into a movie you should expect the screenwriters to make a few changes from the book, but this movie seemed to stray too much from the original written books. Molly's dad is at home at the beginning of the movie; in the book he is already gone. Molly has a younger brother in the books; he isn't in the movie. And as a previous reviewer stated, the whole ending scene was just *wrong*. Molly's dad was supposed to come home, not to her show. She wasn't even IN the show in the book. But, the folks at American Girl want to sell tie-in products to the movie, so they have a new stage, theater seats, Miss Victory dance costumes for Molly and Emily, etc. I do like how they portrayed Emily and told her story, but again Emily was a much more minor character in the books than she is in the movie (again, there's a new Emily doll for sale at AG so naturally they need to push her significance in Molly's life). Many many other parts were changed, mom's a factory worker in the movie vs a Red Cross volunteer in the books, Mrs. Gilford was always their housekeeper, not just after Mom went to work; little things that just seemed annoying.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 11, 2006
Format: DVD
This movie wasn't sure what to do. It didn't have very good relations to any of the books. Maya Ritter wasn't the best choice for Molly, even though she looked the part. In the books, Molly is very cheerful, but not in the movie. The best parts had the Emily and Mr. McIntire in them, because they did a fantastic job of portraying their parts. After the terrific Samantha and Felicity movies, this was disappointing.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MollyRK on December 12, 2006
Format: DVD
One of American Girl's newest and richest traditions--which includes producing a movie and manufacturing a new doll every holiday season--represents a recent marketing tool that can reel in AG fans of all ages. Those of us who grew up with these dolls can derive just as much excitement with these films as does the younger crowd, and this year Molly becomes the star of her very own story.

Stacking this film up against the original two movies starring Samantha and Felicity, I personally have to say that "Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front" easily surpassed them both. Perhaps it is because the World War II era is a memorable and relatively recent period in American history--a landmark event that current generations remember through the heartfelt accounts of grandparents, relatives, and friends over the years.

The chosen layout for this film has clearly received some heat and is viewed by the majority as poor against the first two movies. While I will not deny that the cross-over from the books to the small screen are blaring for the most loyal fans, it is not at all uncommon for screen adaptations to deviate from the written books. However, that does not mean that this movie does not stand on its own as a strong story and a worthy addition to the AG film collection.

The biggest problem with this movie, in my opinion, is that the screen time (90 minutes on the televised version, and that included commercials) didn't allow sufficient development for the several plot threads. Since the end result was scenes that were occasionally abrupt and choppy, it may have been in their best interest to emphasize fewer events within the story.
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