KIT KITTREDGE: AN AMERICAN GIRL * (Theatrical Release USA 2008)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Stars ìììì

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl—
a simple children’s classic to be cherished for years to come—captures innocence in its story about America’s Great Depression. This is a perfect movie for children and adults desiring to capture life as we wish it could be.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


The story begins with a typewriter stamping letters onto a page. The camera then shows the inside of Kit Kittredge’s (Abigail Breslin) tree house. While the credits are rolling, the camera, on occasion, flips to the typewriter as it types out the date, May 2, 1934. Kit Kittredge’s voiceover says that the Great Depression is everywhere, but not in her world. That quickly changes as her father loses his business and her mother takes in a wide assortment of boarders. All Kit focuses on, however, is her desire to be is a newspaper reporter and she finds her opportunity in the town’s hobo jungles.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Patricia Rozema for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Julia Roberts and Marisa Yeres for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Margaret Kittredge (Julia Ormond), Jack Kittredge (Chris O’Donnell), Miss Dooley (Jane Krakowski), Mr. Gibson (Wallace Shawn), Will Shepherd (Max Thieriot), Countee (Willow Smith), Mrs. Howard (Glenne Headly), and Stirling Howard (Zach Mills).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s a clean, fun-filled, positive film that perfectly captures our imaginative reminiscences of the 1930 Depression years without the depression.

* Also known as Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mystery

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