MPAA Rating: G
Age range: Ages 5 and up
Runtime: 91 minutes
Starring: Abigail Breslin, Joan Cusack, Jane Krakowski, Stanley Tucci, Chris O'Donnell
Director: Patricia Rozema
Release Date: July 2, 2008
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl - Movie Trailer
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl - Synopsis
Aspiring reporter Kit Kittredge can’t resist bringing home strays, whether it’s Grace, an abandoned basset hound, or Will (Max Thieriot of JUMPER) and Countee (Willow Smith), 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 (Chris O’Donnell) loses his car dealership and must leave Cincinnati to look for work. Kit and her mother Margaret (Julia Ormond) are left to manage on their own, growing vegetables, selling eggs and even taking in an assortment of boarders including an itinerant magician (Stanley Tucci), a vivacious dance instructor on the prowl for a husband (Jane Krakowski) and a zany mobile librarian (Joan Cusack).
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 (Madison Davenport) and Stirling (Zach Mills) to help her track down the real culprit. Together they uncover a plot that goes far beyond Cincinnati!
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl - Fun Facts
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl is based on a book from the hugely popular American Girl book series. The series mixes historical fact with fiction, as each book tells a story of how a unique young girl bravely follows her dreams amid all of the different challenges inherent in living during her time in the history of America. Kit's story takes place during the Great Depression and actually continues on with five additional books, so kids who like the movie can learn even more about Kit and what life might have been like for a girl growing up during the Great Depression.