An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong

2008 NR 1h 30m DVD

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An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong

2008 NR 1h 30m DVD
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In the first American Girl film based on a modern-day character, young Chrissa finds her life turned upside down when she transfers to a new school, as she struggles to find her own way, make new friends and deal with a clique of bullies. Chrissa tries to adapt to her new surroundings, but she is targeted by a close-knit group of girls in this story about friendship and standing up for yourself. Annabeth Gish and Timothy Bottoms star.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
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age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this movie packs a wallop of a message about bullying, but manages to entertain in the process. Watching as a family would be an excellent way to approach the topic of bullying as it may affect the children in the household. A new kid in town is picked on mercilessly by her 4th grade classmates. A recently deceased grandpa is discussed with tears and smiles. One character is mildly injured in a diving accident. Children of diverse sizes and ethnicities are depicted.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


A diving board accident is portrayed in a non-graphic way.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Meaningful lessons about standing up to bullies, being a friend, telling the truth, and coping with difficult times come through with minimal preachiness. Children of diverse sizes and ethnicities are depicted.


Since the movie comes from the American Girl empire, it's bound to fuel desire for the Chrissa, Sonali, and Gwen dolls; as well as books, clothes, and accessories.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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