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American Girl McKenna comes to life in this modern-day adventure about a determined gymnast who must focus on her strengths to overcome challenges and find a way to believe in herself again.



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American Girl McKenna comes to life in this modern-day adventure about a determined gymnast who must focus on her strengths to overcome challenges and find a way to believe in herself again.

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Pretty much the same as a hundred other movies but if you expect that then you might like this
1 April 2014 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

Let me make one thing perfectly clear - the only reason why I watched this is because I got a five pack of movies with My Girl, My Girl 2 (which were great movies), Matilda and Judy Moody and The Not Bummer Summer (Which has to be one of the worst family movies ever!) so this was the last one on there and the only one I heard nothing about prior to watching and for a movie that's basically a premise that's been recycled a thousand times before - this isn't bad.

Okay so the plot. McKenna is a child gymnast who is struggling at schoolwork. Her parents decide to give her a tutor - a paraplegic named Josie. When a gymnastics demonstration is up to show all the children's parents, McKenna is accidentally bound to a cast on her foot, which has to stay on until three weeks before a qualification to compete in gymnastics. As she works on her studies Josie and her become friends and they help each other. Josie helps McKenna with her schoolwork - obviously and McKenna helps Josie to achieve a dream she has of riding horses.

Okay so one of the things I liked when it comes to this movie is that there isn't a villain. Everyone who you could point a finger to and say "That's the villain" usually changes before the movie is over. To see that in a movie that is almost every sports movie ever made this is a very refreshing change of pace.

If there was anything I didn't like it would be the predictability and the pop songs. I'm not kidding most of the soundtrack are pop songs that aren't that good. And I also didn't really like the dance/gymnastics sequences, especially the only dance sequence about half an hour in. This goes on for 3 minutes and adds nothing to the plot, which begs the question of "why did they show it?".

So if you're looking for an interesting take on a story that has been told endlessly then this movie is for you. I personally thought it was okay and there are a few things going for it like there being no villain, the relationships between characters are somewhat believable but it's predictability drags it down massively. You can almost guess "okay this is something she will rise above by the end of the movie" "oh this is the obstacle to make her battle against all odds to get into competitive gymnastics". If you're fine with stuff like that then you might even love this movie, me personally - I liked it but it isn't great.

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