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A fourth grader and her friends deal with bullying from a more popular girl in their class. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Directed by
Martha Coolidge 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mary Casanova  novel
Christine Coyle Johnson  screenplay
Julie Prendiville Roux  screenplay

Produced by
Mark Amin .... executive producer
Mark Amin .... producer
Ellen L. Brothers .... producer
Martha Coolidge .... executive producer
Albert T. Dickerson III .... co-producer
David Higgins .... producer
Andrew Reimer .... producer
Cami Winikoff .... producer
Original Music by
Jennie Muskett 
Cinematography by
Johnny E. Jensen 
Film Editing by
Elba Sanchez-Short 
Casting by
Aleta Chappelle 
Production Design by
James H. Spencer 
Set Decoration by
Amy Vuckovich 
Costume Design by
Van Broughton Ramsey 
Makeup Department
Elena Arroy .... makeup artist
Laura Calvo .... makeup artist
Sallie Ciganovich .... hair stylist
Ruth Haney .... makeup artist
Dean Jones .... makeup department head
Jennifer Mann .... makeup artist
Kerry Mendenhall .... hair stylist
Soo-Jin Yoon .... hair department head (as Soo Jin Yoon)
Hope Zarro .... hair consultant
Production Management
Albert T. Dickerson III .... unit production manager
James Masi .... post supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pamela Kuri .... first assistant director (as Pamela S. Kuri)
Jill Maxcy .... second assistant director
Catherine Marie McDonald .... key second assistant director (as Catherine M. McDonald)
Art Department
Aaron Kaleo Carter .... set dresser (as Aaron Carter)
Brian Ferguson .... leadman
Dave Lake .... on-set dresser
Jeff MacIntyre .... assistant property master (as Jefferey MacIntyre)
Jennifer Raftery .... property master (as Jennifer R. Raftery)
Danny Rea .... set dresser
Amy Rost .... assistant property master
Rose Shawhan .... set dresser
Rick Stockman .... set dresser
Sound Department
Jon Ailetcher .... production sound mixer
Joe Dzuban .... sound re-recording mixer
Joe Dzuban .... supervising sound editor
Justin Dzuban .... dialogue editor
Josh Eckberg .... sound recordist
Fred Johnston .... boom operator
Diane Marshall .... foley artist
Glenn T. Morgan .... supervising sound editor
Myron Nettinga .... sound re-recording mixer
Mike Sanchez .... utility sound technician
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Joseph Tsai .... sound effects editor
Brett Voss .... foley mixer
Steve Weiss .... additional sound mixer
Special Effects by
Jason Dodd .... special effects
Wayne Eaton .... special effects
Beverley Hartigan .... special effects supervisor
John C. Hartigan .... special effects
Daniel Mustoe .... special effects (as Dan 'Bear' Mustoe)
Steve Newquist .... special effects
Glenn Sabin .... special effects
Jeffrey G. Barnett .... utility stunts (as Jeffrey Barnett)
Jessica Bryant .... stunts
Jayson Dumenigo .... utility stunt rigger
Skyler Hudson .... stunts
Eric Linden .... utility stunts
Heidi Pascoe .... stunt coordinator
Ian Quinn .... utility stunts
Justin T. Woods .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Benny Alvarado .... electrician
Fred Antenorcruz .... electrician
Eduardo Barraza .... dolly grip
Mike Blauvelt .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Byers .... key grip (as Christopher Byers)
Eric Forand .... electrician
Chris Garlington .... best boy grip
Michael E. Gips .... electrician
Erik Gonzales .... electrician
Prashant Gupta .... still photographer
Arien Hatch .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Jason Jensen .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
John Johnson .... still photographer (as John P. Johnson)
Shane D. Kelly .... gaffer
Julian Samuel Lopez .... grip (as Julian S. Lopez)
Peter Norkus .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Ricky Rosales .... grip
R. Dustin Sanchez .... electrician
Daniel Shepard .... grip
Travis Stewart .... electrician
Michael Stradling .... film loader
Joseph F. Valentine .... camera operator: "b" camera
David M. Wood .... best boy electric
Satoshi Yamazaki .... grip
John Zivelonghi .... electrician
Casting Department
Patty Majorczak-Connolly .... adr voice casting
Jeffrey M. Paal .... extras casting
Mark Sussman .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brett Gathrid .... costumer
Nancy Grossi .... costumer
Betsey Potter .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Marcella Serrano .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Giorgio Bertuccelli .... additional music editor
Celia M. Carter .... music assistant
Paul Clarvis .... musician: percussion
Geoff Foster .... score mixer
Geoff Foster .... score recordist
Dave Hartley .... musician: keyboards (as David Hartley)
Kathleen Hasay .... music assistant
Joel C. High .... music supervisor
Cory Milano .... supervising music editor
Jennie Muskett .... orchestrator
Jennie Muskett .... score arranger
Jennie Muskett .... score programmer
Alex Nutton .... composer studio assistant
Rebecca Rienks .... music consultant
Sonia Slany .... musician: violin
David Walters .... musician: guitars
Jonathan Williams .... musician: cello
Other crew
Amy Banks .... first assistant accountant (as Amy M. Banks)
Megan Boswell .... creative consultant: for American Girl
Sarah Clifford .... animal supplier
Sarah Clifford .... mini llama wrangler
Lori Dresen .... creative consultant: for American Girl
Yasmine Gazelle .... production assistant (as Yasmine Temraz)
Terry Gusto .... location manager
Judy Hannay .... production assistant
Blaine G. Houserman .... production accountant (as Blaine Houserman)
Ari Joffe .... set production assistant
Steven D. Levine .... assistant location manager
Jerica Lieberman .... assistant to director
Jerica Lieberman .... production assistant
Lorenzo Manetti .... assistant production coordinator
Lee Marshall .... production office assistant
Joel Meyer-England .... set intern
Kari Montgomery .... script supervisor
Heidi Brook Myers .... adr loop group
Sarah Quale .... accounting clerk
Laura Sherman .... production coordinator
Laura C. Sherman .... production coordinator
Alexander Soto .... office production assistant
Patricia Warren .... script coordinator
Amy Banks .... payroll accountant (uncredited)

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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-7 (TV rating) | Norway:10 (TV rating)

Did You Know?

The movie is based on the series by Mary Casanova.See more »
Movie Connections:
Followed by Saige Paints the Sky (2013) (TV)See more »
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Angst in a Rainbow of Colors, 15 January 2009
Author: nevadaluke from United States

Chrissa review 1/15/2009 11:19:01 AM

It's not a happy time for Chrissa Maxwell when she moves with her mother, father and older brother to the Minnesota home of her grandmother (Michael Learned). The fourth-grader left behind her bosom buddies back in Iowa, and her family is relocating in the wake of her grandfather's passing.

Intent on starting out on the right foot, Chrissa (Sammi Hanratty) promptly runs afoul of a clutch of Alpha Female bullies who pile on the abuse and push the hapless newcomer to the brink of dropping out in favor of home-schooling. But with a little help from her wise grandmother and a perceptive art teacher (Jennifer Tilly), she learns to stare down her adversaries, claim her place as a member of the student body, and provide a role model for bullying victims of all stripes.

"American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong" is a thoroughly earnest drama that squeezes the protagonist through a painful gamut of pre-adolescent conflicts, engineered primarily by Tara, the bully in chief played with wicked relish by the very capable Adair Tishler.

Young viewers will have little problem soaking up every drop of pathos projected by Miss Hanratty and by an even more sympathetic co-victim, a little homeless girl played to the hilt by Kaitlyn Dever.

Just a few things worth pointing out: Dealing with the subject of bullying apparently prompted the decision here not to make light of anything. Thus, the main problem with "Chrissa" is that there are almost no light moments. Good story-tellers know that humor is one of the best ways to relieve tension for viewers. Other than a spitting llama and a quirky characterization by the trouper Miss Tilly, there's not much to chuckle about in this movie. Miss Hanratty is convincing in various degrees of angst, but the movie may leave youngsters a bit exhausted by the time the theme is realized on camera: that is, standing up to bullies opens the door to friendship.

Another problem is the puzzling lack of motivation shown for Tara. Apparently she is insecure but we don't get much insight into what drives her to be Mean Girl No. 1 in this classroom. But then, maybe an exceptionally pretty, somewhat haughty little girl doesn't need any other reason to be mean.

As with other movies in the "American Girl" series, the subtext is in product placement. Here, it's a fashion show of contemporary looks. The cast is costumed in closets full of attractive dresses, sweaters, skirts, tops, headbands, swimwear – not to mention tights in a rainbow of colors.

This movie will no doubt give many young viewers a lot of exciting ideas for the next time they go shopping for their dolls and themselves.

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