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Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
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Nov 14, 2008 By: Mathew Plale
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl order
Director:
Patricia Rozema

Actors:
Abigail Breslin
Wallace Shawn
Julia Ormond

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Aspiring journalist Kit Kittredge (Breslin) investigates the case of her mother's missing lockbox and the hardships of The Great Depression.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Kit Kittredge: An Americal Girl couldnt have been released at a better time. Set in Cincinnati during The Great Depression, the movie follows the ups-and-downs of the Kittredge clan, whose home faces foreclosure. Patriarch Jack (Chris ODonnell) has lost his car dealership and heads for Chicago to search for work, leaving wife Margaret (Julia Ormond) and daughter Kit (Abigail Breslin, adorable as ever) behind.

While most families resort to selling eggs, Margaret opens the Kittredge residence as a boarding house, taking in a variety of personalities: dance teacher Miss May Dooley (Jane Krakowski), bookmobile owner Miss Lucinda Bond (Joan Cusack), magician Mr. Berk (Stanley Tucci), and hobos Will (Max Thieriot) and Countee (Willow Smith, daughter of Will).

But the viewers attention is always on Kit, whose dreams of being a reporter at the Cincinnati Register wont wait another day, no matter what editor Mr. Gibson (Wallace Shawn, stingy as ever) says. Her piece on the Chicago Worlds Fair rejected, the pint-sized would-be pundit realizes the story of a lifetime is right under her treehouse: A Kid-Eye View of the Depression in Cincinnati, she squeaks to Gibson.

Much of her investigation, joined by friends Stirling (Zach Mills) and Ruthie (Madison Davenport), centers on the hobo camp that boarder Will inhabits, with Kit mastering the Hobo Code. But when her mothers lockbox goes missing, Will is pinned as the prime suspect, leading to the recycled Nancy Drew portion of the movie.

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl is the first film based on the apparently-popular-enough line of dolls. But there is plenty of life in the story and scenes, most credit going to both Breslin and director Patricia Rozema, who manages her cast, both young and old, with equal ease. With times like these and material like this, which a news anchor could never relate to children, Kit Kittredge, American Girl, might be the perfect figure for kids to look to.
THE EXTRAS
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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
With even better timing than the theatrical release, the DVD of Kit Kittredge: An American Girl arrives at a time when the economy resembles that of The Great Depression's, which is when the film is set. The disc is essentially bare, but the movie's story and Kit's go-getter attitude will be worth a rental for parents and their kids.
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