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I did notice some odd little plot changes and wonder why they were there. Was Jessie's storyline cut because of time restrictions? Was it impossible to include non-Nellie-related adventures? Did we really see, in the movie, how important Lydia (the doll) was to Samantha and how significant it was to give her away? And wasn't the jar stolen from Eddie Ryland originally full of bugs rather than coins?
Most of my issues with the movie are based on my having read the books rather than on the movie itself (although I do wonder why the girls can't pronounce "da"!), and the movie can stand on its own--it's that good. The whole family can enjoy a movie like this together; although the DVD extras do seem to be aimed at the younger portion of the family audience, they are interesting for even adults to watch once. I hope there are more American Girls movies to look forward to in the future.
It's about Samantha Parkington, a girl who is living in 1904, and is living with her grandmother since she's an orphan. She wants some sort of playmate (since she dispises her next door neighbor, Eddie Ryland). She meets Nellie O'Mally, a hired girl who works for the Rylands. They become instant friends, and they stick together, through the thick and thin of their lives, including the tragedy of Nellie's life.
Personally, I missed the story of the original Samantha book, Meet Samantha, where Nellie and Samntha go looking for Jessie, the seamstress who suddely quit and moved away from Samntha. Jessie's got a minor part now, and is a maid instead. Also, what has not been mentioned in the reviews yet is that Cornelia's two twin sisters, Agnes and Agatha, two girls who are Samntha's age, are changed! Agnes, to my knowledge, is Cornelia's older sister, who has a daughter named (you guessed it) Agatha. I missed the two feisty red-heads!
Although they lost some of the books heart and plot (the books are fifty pages each, people! Not too hard to adapt!) I was pleased how wonderfully done this movie was. It was eye-candy, too. The houses and scenery was delicious. I loved AnnaSophia Robb as Samantha, but Mia Farrow wasn't exactly the Grandmary I was hoping for. Someone a bit more aged and strict, but you can't ask for much. I hope they make movies on the other American girls as well!
This is a fun classic for those who want a warm, feel-good story to perk up those winter months, or to share with your kids or other kids at heart! I certainly hope they make more books in this series as this film was wonderul and entertaining! Five Stars.
Rebecca Mader as Cornelia far and away does the best job of re-creating the character we meet in the books (and her acting is the best in the show). But, poor Mia Farrow doesn't have a chance to embody her book counterpart; screen Grandmary was written as a far less stern (and far younger) presence than print Grandmary. I think the print Grandmary better portrays the way women were in 1904.
So, do yourself a favor: Don't let your children miss this movie, but please read the books!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
we watched this movie and really enjoyed it so we watched it again! It is about samantha who lives with her grandmother because her parents were killed. Read morePublished 12 days ago by annie
If you liked the movie Pollyanna, you will enjoy this nice little snapshot of life during the transition between the late 1800s and the early days of the 20th century. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Professormom
Samantha is has a large heart. She is what every little girl should want to be, a all around great girl.Published 1 month ago by Lori
A little sappy, but perfect for my 7 year old granddaughter who is needing a good role model for how to be a kind, caring, well-behaved child.Published 2 months ago by lauren prehn