1 hour, 41 minutes
G General Audiences.
American Girl movie trailer gallery; DVD-ROM PC enhanced features
Abigail Breslin ... Kit Kittredge
Joan Cusack ... Miss Bond `
Madison Davenport ... Ruthie Smithens
Glenne Headly ... Mrs. Howard
Jane Krakowski ... Miss Dooley
Zach Mills ... Stirling Howard
Colin Mochrie ... Mr. Pennington
Chris O'Donnell ... Mr. Kittredge
Julia Ormond ... Mrs. Kittredge
Wallace Shawn ... Mr. Gibson
Willow Smith ... Countee
Max Thieriot ... Will Shepherd
Stanley Tucci ... Mr. Berk
As the Great Depression causes people to lose their jobs and forces neighbors to sell their houses and move, 10-year old aspiring reporter Kit Kittredge (Abigail Breslin "Little Miss Sunshine") can’t resist bringing home strays, whether it’s Grace, an abandoned basset hound or Will (Max Thieriot "Jumper") and Countee (Willow Smith "I Am Legend"), 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 "Vertical Limit") loses his car dealership and must leave Cincinnati to look for work.
Kit and her mother Margaret (Julia Ormond "Sabrina") 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 "The Devil Wears Prada"), a vivacious dance instructor on the prowl for a husband (Jane Krakowski - TV's "Ally McBeal"), a zany librarian (Joan Cusack "Working Girl") and a stuffy mother (Glenne Headly "The Namesake"), whose son, Stirling (Zach Mills "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium"), quickly becomes Kit’s friend.
When a crime spree sweeps Cincinnati, all signs point to the local “hobo jungle,” where folks who have lost their homes, live. Kit, who always looking for a good news story, convinces her new friends Will and Countee to take her to see the hobo camp for herself and writes an article that creates a sympathetic portrait of the camp’s residents. She marches into the office of a newspaper editor (Wallace Shawn "Melinda and Melinda"), presenting her articles on a child's view of the Depression and the hobo camp. But when Kit’s mother and their boarders become the latest victims in a string of robberies, Kit recruits her friends Stirling and Ruthie (Madison Davenport "A Monster in the Attic") to help her track down the real thieves. Together they uncover a plot that goes far beyond Cincinnati.
Abigail Breslin is sparkling in the title role, and she’s aided by a raft of colorful adult actors who do their thing but wisely stay out of the way of the kids, for the most part. If you're looking for entertainment that will actually teach your kids something, without boring them to death, this film is full of gentle humor, caring adult characters and lessons about reaching for your dreams.