Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

2008 G 1h 40m Blu-ray / DVD

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

2008 G 1h 40m Blu-ray / DVD
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This Depression-era drama inspired by the American Girl franchise follows aspiring journalist Kit Kittredge, whose ingenuity and courage help save her family's house when their savings are stolen during a series of robberies.
Abigail Breslin, Julia Ormond, Chris O'Donnell, Jane Krakowski, Wallace Shawn, Max Thieriot, Willow Smith, Glenne Headly, Zach Mills, Kenneth Welsh, Madison Davenport, Joan Cusack, Stanley Tucci
Patricia Rozema
Blu-ray DVD
Full Screen 1.33:1, Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), English
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children. G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 6+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 6+
age 6+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that kids (especially girls) who are familiar with the vast array of American Girl products (dolls, books, DVDs, etc.) will definitely want to see this movie. The good news is that it's entertaining and even thought-provoking, so it doesn't feel like just a way to sell more stuff (though it probably will do exactly that). And it doesn't depart from the age-appropriateness of the brand -- if anything, it's even tamer than some of the direct-to-DVD movies. There's no swearing; very little violence; and plenty of positive messages. Even kids who've never read an American Girl book will have plenty to enjoy.

Sexual Content

Very mild flirtation between two characters.


No outright violence, though two men who appear to be thieves bicker, and bullies at school pick on children who are perceived to be poor. Thieves also chase down children who've figured out that they're criminals.


"Moron" is as strong as it gets.

Social Behavior

Even though the rich pick on the poor, the disenfranchised pick on hobos and are rude to them, and young bullies needle other children, Kit and her friends work together to rise above the fray, and they do the right thing. Kit's mother is truly a rock, a stabilizing force in a turbulent time.


Period-accurate product placement, like the National Trailways bus line, Smoot's Board House, etc. More notably, this film is part of the American Girl family, a hugely popular brand among young girls and tweens that includes toys, books, DVDs, and much more.

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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