Kit Kitteridge: An American Girl

Kit Kitteridge is a young girl growing up in the 30's depression era. The realities of the depression hit home when Kit's father loses his business and decides to leave town to look for work. Her mother then decides to take boarders in the family home to make ends meet. Kit has a passion for writing and longs to see her work in print. The fascinating lives of her mother's boarders give her plenty of material. However, when the mother's lock box is stolen with all of their money inside, all of Kit's reporting skills are needed when her new hobo friend, Will, becomes the prime suspect. If Will, didn't do it who did?

Starring: Abigail Breslin, Julia Ormond, Chris O'Donnell, Jane Krakowski, Stanley Tucci, Joan Cusack, Max Thierot. Just to name a few.

I thought this was a wonderful movie. You can certainly see that Abigail Breslin is headed for bright things in her future. I found her acting in this movie to be more sincere and "real" than that of her work in Nim's Island. It is no wonder that this young girl has already been up for Oscars.

For me, the story was well told and the pacing was perfect. My interest was caught immediately and I never found a dull moment (you know one of those moments you're wish they'd just get on with it). It gave a very informative look into the realities of the depression era.

As for viewing with the family, this movie is rated G. However, for younger children this movie just did not hold their interest. My 5 year old watched about half of it and while she said she was enjoying it that didn't stop her from getting down and playing something else. I, on the other hand, stayed to finish the movie.

It was a refreshingly entertaining movie. The villains in the piece were likeable and yet plausible in their roles. The only possible concern that parents may have is when everyone is chasing after the villains and the villains are trying to get the children so they don't blow their cover. However, whatever "violence" there was could be more accurately termed as "action" and was more slapstick in nature and I had no qualms at all in letting my younger children view it. There were no threats of doing away with the children or anything even remotely close to foul language.

While my 5 year did not watch the entire film it did promote discussions regarding "poor" people, how there are many people without enough to eat, what are the reasons for this and what we can do to help.

Overall, you can rest assured in showing this film to your children. I would assess that 6 and up are the most likely to show the most interest. However, every child is unique and your 5 year old might be more mature than mine.

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