This past weekend, our family went to see the movie "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl." Our two youngest daughters, ages 11 and 9 are big American Girl fans.
This is the first time this franchise has released a movie to the theaters. They have previously released videos straight to DVD. Several months ago, we watched the movie based on the "Molly" doll. The movie, set in the WWII era, was incredible. To borrow the colloquialism: We laughed, we cried. It was a well written and entertaining story that did more than entertain, it made the personal history of families who lived through WWII very real.
The "Kit" movie does the same thing with the Depression Era. For those of you who are uninitiated to the American Girl series, each doll represents a time in our nation's history - Josefina represents the early days of the southwest, what we in California call the "mission era"; Addy is a slave girl from the time of the Civil War; Julie represents the 1970's, and so-on. The various series of books, that go along with each doll, don't necessarily teach history through dates and facts, but through the emotions of a family, and especially a little girl.
I think many movie-goers might have the misunderstanding that this is a movie for young girls obsessed with dolls. I would like to encourage you to think otherwise. While Kit is the lead in the movie, really, it is the Depressions and the plight of hobos that is the main story. While the young people in the theater obviously enjoyed the movie, there were a very large number of belly laughs and expressions of emotion coming from the adults.
I encourage you to give "Kit" a chance. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.