Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
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?
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : G (General Audience)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 4.25 x 1.12 inches; 4 Ounces
- Director : Patricia Rozema
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Widescreen, Full Screen, Color, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 41 minutes
- Release date : October 28, 2008
- Actors : Abigail Breslin, Stanley Tucci, Joan Cusack, Julia Ormond, Chris O'Donnell
- Producers : Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Ellen L. Brothers, Jodi Goldberg, Julia Roberts, Julie Goldstein
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : New Line Home Video
- ASIN : B000WGVEAC
- Writers : Ann Peacock, Valerie Tripp
- Number of discs : 1
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My suggestion is that before the kids watch this film, you talk about the events surrounding the Great Depression and the effect it had on all kinds of people, rich and poor. Since the film talks about the hobos, it's a good idea to talk about the migrants of the Depression, why they had become homeless, the desperate straits they fell into, and the prejudice they faced.
Although some of the subject matter may seem heavy and depressing, the film is not at all depressing. It's actually quite uplifting and even funny at times. There was plenty to talk about after the film and the kids want to watch it again.
Mature elementary school students, both boys and girls, would enjoy this movie. It's both entertaining and educational, plus it includes lessons on honesty, compassion, patience and loyalty. Wish there were more films for kids like this.
The movie, although set in Depression times in Cincinnatti,Ohio, is overall very positive and encouraging. Kit and her mother get creative in order to make ends meet and prevent foreclosure on their home. A emotionally-wrenching situation with Kit's father losing his job and having to move to Chicago resolves in the end. The neatest thing, in my opinion, is Kit (although young) is a writer and aspired to one day "see her name in print." The quick-witted Kit quickly learns that persistence, practice, patience and a creative "angle" were necessary for her "reporting" to get from her typewriter to newspaper print!