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An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars

2012

TV-G CC

American Girl McKenna comes to life in this modern-day adventure about a determined gymnast who must focus on her strengths to overcome challenges and find a way to believe in herself again.

Starring:
Jade Pettyjohn, Kerris Dorsey
Runtime:
1 hour, 34 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Sports, Drama, Kids & Family
Director Vince Marcello
Starring Jade Pettyjohn, Kerris Dorsey
Supporting actors Nia Vardalos, Ian Ziering, Ysa Penarejo, Cathy Rigby, Kally Berard, Talia Pura, Paula Rivera, George Chiang, Kadence Kendall Roach, Paiten Raine Roach, Aisha Alfa, Will Woytowich, Abbey Thickson, Emma Leipsic, Laura Cartlidge, Stefanie Wiens
Studio Mattel
MPAA rating TV-G
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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.
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My mom got this movie for me! I am twelve years old, and a big fan of American Girl. We currently own two other movies from AG, and I have seen all except one. I would say this one was tied with Carissa Stands Strong! It is a wonderful movie about friendship,telling the truth, and confidence.

McKenna is a young gymnast hoping to make the regional competitive gymnastic team. Her coach (Cathy Rigby, olympic gymnastics medal winner)helps her to perfect her moves. She works hard at her sport, but is having trouble in school. When her parents suggest a tutor she is embarrassed. McKenna tries her best to hide it from her friends. Then she takes a bad fall in the gym, and is stuck in a cast for eight weeks. Soon she comes to like her tutor. They even become friends. Having her leg in a cast helps her to understand her tutor better. Her best friend, Tyling, feels replaced, and there is only three weeks until the competition. She is torn between her two friends, gymnastics and school. Finally after much practice she makes the team, and her friends finally agree.
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I love this movie! It's great for all ages! I would recommend this to anyone! Nothing bad to say about it!
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My daughter is a big fan of all things American Girl and is also a gymnast. When this movie was released I knew she would love it. We first rented it through Amazon On Demand and she loved it so much we bought the DVD and recorded it on TV when it aired on ABC Family. She's watched it so many times and she loves doing cartwheels right along with the movie.

The books indicate that McKenna is a Level 4 gymnast, but the movie would have you believe the girls are already optionals (Level 7 or better) based on the skills they show in the routines. They probably had the more difficult skills for cinematic value, but it's not accurate.

American Girl always puts out high quality content and McKenna Shoots for the Stars is no exception.
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This was a fun, family oriented film that fits in well with the American Girl series of movies. The movie brings out some salient messages that I love to share with my own girls in relation to friendship, teamwork and perseverance. What I love most about this movie is that it is the type of movie that you can watch over and over again with your family and it reinforces messages that you want your girls to see and believe in! The acting in the movie was great and my girls just loved the film in its entirety. If you are a fan of American Girl or a fan of great family oriented films that will motivate and inspire your girls to achieve more, you will want to pick up this film today!
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My nine-year-old daughter loves the American Girl stories and we have both enjoyed the period films such as the "Kit Kittredge", "Samantha", and "Molly" films. I was initially a bit reluctant to purchase this (since it wasn't offered as a Prime Instant Watch) because it wasn't a period film, but my daughter convinced me it might be a good idea so we went for it. I am glad because there are many positive messages in this film for young girls.

McKenna is an aspiring competitive gymnast who is completely devoted to gymnastics, to the detriment of her studies. Since she is failing her reading comprehension class, her teacher suggests a tutor. Initially reluctant to get help, McKenna finally relents but then doesn't seem to like any of her recommended tutors - they are either too intense, lazy, or indifferent and finally settles on Josie, an older teen who is in a wheelchair. Over a period of time, McKenna and Josie form a close friendship and this places a strain on McKenna's relationship with her best friend, another aspiring gymnast who has no clue that McKenna is struggling academically and is being tutored.

I felt the drama of tween friendships was well-handled in this film, as was the theme of friendship, peer pressure, parental pressure, and more. The interactions between the various characters was quite naturally done and didn't feel forced or contrived. Some of the characters did seem older than the elementary-aged students they were meant to portray, but overall, the film was well-done. I didn't enjoy the "Saige" film as much as that seemed a bit over the top and exaggerated (it didn't help that the actors were not suited to their roles), but "McKenna" gets a thumbs up from both my daughter and I.
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