Sunday, July 27, 2008

Capsule Review: Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (***)

(Note: Capsule Reviews will be paragraph-long critiques for films for which I don't have enough time to write a full-length review.)

Starring Abigail Breslin, Chris O'Donnell, and Stanley Tucci

Patricia Rozema's Kit Kittredge: An American Girl really is a sweet and good-hearted film about the heartbreaks and joys of childhood, not unlike Bridge to Terabithia last year. Though the film certainly isn't as good (Kit Kittredge sentimentalizes, while Terabithia never sentimentalized and only told its story in a straightforward, uncompromising way), it is a nice little movie. Abigail Breslin stars in the title role, as a girl who lives in Depression times and wants to be in print. She and her mother take in boarders (poor travelers) and Kit gets caught up in the mystery of a local jewelry thief. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl is like one of those 90s kid movies that you wore out your videotape watching: a charming film that will be seen as a classic in about ten years, but for right now is only accessible and sweet, nothing great. I liked this film.

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