The lessons (which also include a strong emphasis on reading and writing) are all buoyed by an exuberant tone and adventurous spirit, thanks in large part to a first-rate ensemble.  The cast universally plays to type while also adding dimension and their individual charms—Joan Cusack especially whose eccentric goofiness is on full comic display here, reminding us yet again why she is so beloved.

As a 36-year-old male, I’m clearly not the demographic for Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, and truth be told I could appreciate it more than enjoy it.  But honestly, one of the things I appreciate most is how this little movie event could bring so many mothers, daughters, sisters and grandmothers together.  This is not just a movie for little girls but for generations of girls—not simply to enjoy but to share, to connect through, and possibly even bond in ways they never even considered or thought possible. 

Ladies, leave the boys at home and make a day of it.  While there’s a new blockbuster for guys every week, chances like this for women (of all ages) don’t come along that often.


  • Drugs/Alcohol:  None.
  • Language/Profanity:  None.
  • Sex/Nudity:  None.  Jane Krakowski’s dancing instructor does flirt at times, but there’s nothing offensive.  A couple of suggestive comments are so mild that the innuendo won’t even dawn on children.
  • Violence/Other:  Scuffles, confrontations and fights do occur but it’s all in the context of a mystery/adventure for kids.  Stanley Tucci’s magician performs illusions and slights-of-hand but not anything actually “magical”.

Jeffrey Huston is a film director, writer and producer at Steelehouse Productions in Tulsa, Okla.  He is also cohost of the "Steelehouse Podcast,” along with Steelehouse Executive Creative Mark Steele, where each week they discuss God in pop culture. 

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