My mother treated me and my children to a movie the other day. While I knew it would be a good family movie, I didn't expect to be touched by it the way I was. Maybe it was because of our past summer and its financial downfalls, or by the fact that my Grandparents lived through those tough times during the Great Depression (1930s).
Either way, I give
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (rated G)
FIVE STARS *****!
It's an fascinating movie about the "American Girl" named Kit we used to read about as young girls, or maybe your daughters have already read. The synopsis is below and at the movie website, but I wanted to let you know it's an excellent film to show your children to learn about the Great Depression through the eyes of a child, an emphasis on compassion for the poor, and an excellent mystery movie for all ages. If you are having hard times, it will certainly bring tears to your eyes - and also more reasons to keep hope and faith. It's NOT just a little girls movie.
While it is out in theatres right now, you can wait and see it in theatres next week during the Kids Rule Summer Film Festival going on now at the Parkwood Theatre and many others for a third of the cost.
KIDS RULE SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL:
Search theater locations at http://www.marcustheatres.com/
Every Wednesday & Thursday at 10AM
All Seats Only $2.50 FREE*
Popcorn with every paid admission [complimentary size]
SHOWINGS: 8/6/08 & 8/7/08 - Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
In the first feature film based on the hugely popular American Girl® book series, Oscar® nominee Abigail Breslin stars as a resourceful young girl whose bravery, compassion and determination help her solve a mystery that saves her family's home during the Great Depression.
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl is directed by Patricia Rozema from a screenplay by Ann Peacock (The Chronicles of Narnia).
Aspiring reporter Kit Kittredge can't resist bringing home strays, whether it's Grace, an abandoned basset hound or Will and Countee, a pair of young hobos willing to trade work for meals. Bright, inquisitive and generous, Kit is a natural born leader. But her happy childhood is abruptly interrupted when her father loses his car dealership and must leave Cincinnati to look for work. Kit and her mother Margaret are left to manage on their own, growing vegetables, selling eggs and even taking in an assortment of boarders including an itinerant magician, a vivacious dance instructor on the prowl for a husband and a zany mobile librarian.
When a crime spree sweeps Cincinnati, all signs point to the local "hobo jungle," where Will and Countee live with a group of their impoverished companions. Kit, who always has her antennae out for a good news story, convinces her new friends to take her to see the hobo camp for herself and writes an article that creates a sympathetic portrait of the camp's residents. But when Kit's mother and their boarders become the latest victims in a string of robberies, Kit's loyalties are tested. Will is accused of the crimes and, with all of their savings gone, the Kittredges face losing their house to foreclosure. Determined to recover the stolen money and believing Will is innocent, Kit recruits her friends Ruthie and Stirling to help her track down the real culprit. Together they uncover a plot that goes far beyond Cincinnati!
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