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An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong (2009)

A fourth grader and her friends deal with bullying from a more popular girl in their class.


Martha Coolidge


Mary Casanova (novel), Christine Coyle Johnson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sammi Hanratty ... Chrissa Maxwell
Annabeth Gish ... Meg Maxwell
Timothy Bottoms ... Paul Maxwell
Michael Learned ... Nana Louise Hanlon
Austin Thomas ... Tyler Maxwell
Adair Tishler ... Tara James
Ariela Barer ... Sonali Matthews
Kaitlyn Dever ... Gwen Thompson
Shelby Harmon Shelby Harmon ... Jayden Johnson
Don Franklin ... Mr. Beck
Joanne Baron ... Mrs. Ziminsky
Christian Pikes Christian Pikes ... Joel
Jennifer Tilly ... Mrs. Rundell
Jennifer Parsons ... Janine Thompson
Kaylin Stewart ... Alexandra


10-year-old Chrissa Maxwell move to Minnesota with her family in the middle of a school-year and she's struggling to fit in at her new school. The first day at school she meets three bullying girls called "The Mean Bees". They immediately start to harass and bully Chrissa and soon her life turns into a cruel nightmare. The three bullies make life hard for her, and when the worst bully becomes Chrissa's swim rival, it's time to do something. What can Chrissa do to stop the three bullies? Written by HardHouseClubber

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Drama | Family


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In the story, Chrissa Maxwell was a fourth-grader. Sammi Hanratty, who plays Chrissa, was in seventh grade at the time of filming. See more »


In swim club, when Chrissa told Tara to leave Tyler alone, she was on the diving board ladder. When Tara said no and turned back to Tyler and when the camera went back to Chrissa, she is off the ladder. See more »


Followed by Saige Paints the Sky (2013) See more »


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Written by Jennie Muskett
Performed by Elizabeth Ashley Gerrard
Produced by Jennie Muskett
Published by Earthsong Ltd.
Master Recording Courtesy of Earthsong Ltd.
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User Reviews

Not that great...
8 August 2013 | by reliousSee all my reviews

This movie was very disappointing, It's called Chrissa Stands Strong but she hardly does any of that. Most of the movie is about a girl named Tara who bullies another girl (Chrissa) and she never stands up for herself or the other girls who get bullied. It also seems like the school is not very helpful at stopping bullying either as some of the bullying takes place near teachers. This movie seemed like a tutorial on how to bully someone, honestly they should have focused more on Chrissa standing up to herself and putting an end to the bullying. Having a girl run around and insult people for an hour and a half is not a good plot for a movie that's supposed to prevent bullying. Don't make the mistake I made, don't waste your time with this movie. It's not worth it.

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5 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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