It's great to finally see a kid's movie that doesn't involve vomit and butt jokes. It's based on the American Girl franchise that sells dolls, clothes and other numerous items for young girls.
Abigail Breslin plays Kit Kittredge, a spunky ten year-old growing up in Ohio during the Depression.
She lives with her father, played by Chris O'Donnell, who owns a car dealership and her mother, played by serene Julia Ormond, who gives backyard tea parties to her affluent friends. Kit passes her time writing stories about her surroundings that she hopes to one day sell to the newspaper.
Foreclosures, soup kitchens and hobos are all around them, but they seem to be doing OK. That is, until the bank takes the dealership and Kit's dad has to go to Chicago to look for work, and her mother has to take in boarders in order to keep up the mortgage.
The boarders are played by some great character actors; Joan Cusack is a mobile librarian with a lead foot, Jane Krakowski is a single dancer looking for a husband and Stanley Tucci is a suave magician. Things are difficult, but everyone pulls together to bring some brief happiness to everyone. Breslin has no trouble holding her own among the adults, She's confident and self-assured, but never loses her "little girl-ness."
The film has a terrific look to it. Trollies, old cars, manual typewriters and parlor games give an authentic old-fashioned feel.
Directed by Patrica Rozema, the film has its sad moments, however watching people come together during rough times is uplifting, and it is a rare film that will appeal to kids and adults alike.
|Kit Kittredge: An American Girl||B||B||B|