Kit Kittredge: An American Girl is an earnest, G-rated adventure-drama that explores economic hardships during the Great Depression via a journalistically inclined sleuth who refuses to see anything but the good in people even the much-maligned hobo. Abigail Breslin plays the titular character from the American Girl doll line, and should inspire her fair share of young girls to aspire to model themselves after Kit. Despite all it has going for it, the film suffers from being neither fish nor fowl: in the first act its a drama, during the second its mostly a comedy, and during the third its a Nancy Drew mystery. If the filmmakers had made up their minds, the movie might have turned into a family classic (101 min.).
Director: Patricia Rozema
Writer: Ann Peacock and Valerie Tripp
Producer: Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Ellen L. Brothers and Lisa Gillan
Cast: Abigail Breslin, Joan Cusack, Glenne Headly, Jane Krakowski, Chris O'Donnell, Julia Ormond, Wallace Shawn and Stanley Tucci