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McKenna Shoots for the Stars (2012)

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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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Delicate, Warm-Hearted Family Entertainment
13 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

American Girl is a rare gem, one of the few companies that truly understands the nurturing of its young audience.

Based on its 2012 Girl of the Year doll, McKenna is the story of McKenna Brooks, a young gymnast with dreams of becoming a competitive gymnast. As with all the American Girl movies, the production is bright, colorful, and upbeat, with plenty of tender moments between McKenna and her friends and family.

Jade Pettyjohn is thoroughly engaging as McKenna, with fine support from Nia Vardalos, Ian Ziering, and Cathy Rigby playing (of course!) McKenna's gymnastics couch. The American Girl movies obviously strive for a pure and sensitive approach, and this movie is no different. There is a delicacy and innocence to it that could make a cynic very uncomfortable, but for families who are looking for clean, wholesome, old-fashioned children's entertainment, the American Girl movies always fit the bill.


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