A favorite from the American Girl historical doll collection, Kit Kittredge makes her big-screen debut with this feature. Oscar-nominated actress Abigail Breslin (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) brings the doll to life and lights up the story's Depression-era setting with her precocious charm. Kit is aware that the Great Depression is under way, but she feels lucky it hasn't directly touched her. While other people in the country struggle to find work and food, the 10-year-old plays comfortably in her tree house and writes articles she hopes will be published by the Cincinnati Register. But everything changes when Kit's dad (Chris O'Donnell) loses his job, forcing Kit and her mother (Julia Ormond) to turn their home into a boarding house while he goes to Chicago in search of work. As a colorful assortment of characters fill Kit's home, Kit learns how to be resourceful. When she gets to know a pair of child hobos, she realizes how kind and friendly homeless people can be. With her journalistic mind in overdrive, she sets out to clear their name in print, dispelling rumor with hard fact and a child's fresh perspective. But when her house is burglarized and all fingers point to her trusted new friends, Kit doesn't know where to turn. Will her investigative skills be able to save her family from the poorhouse? Only time will tell. KIT KITTREDGE offers something for young viewers and adults alike, and boasts an all-star cast (including Stanley Tucci, Jane Krakowski, and Joan Cusack) in addition to its likable young star. Little girls and American Girl fans should delight in the film's faithful recreation of the character's beloved period costumes. Children may even learn a thing or two about history as they watch Kit's thrilling adventures unfold.
Main Cast & Crew
Patricia Rozema - Director
"This sweetly enjoyable family film stars the endearing Abigail Breslin as Kit....The film is a warmly appealing tale of a bright girl bravely navigating tough times." - 06/21/2008 USA Today
"It appeals to kids while evoking genuine emotion without excessive sentimentality....The film's humanistic approach preaches tolerance and hope." - 06/20/2008 Los Angeles Times
"[T]his classy, heart-on-its-sleeve movie is packed with laudable life lessons and Depression-era trivia..." - 06/20/2008 New York Times
"[A] smart, playful, informative pleasure....A gently thoughtful, audience-appropriate entertainment..." -- Grade: B+ - 07/11/2008 Entertainment Weekly, p.55