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McKenna Shoots for the Stars (2012)

TV-G | | Drama, Family, Sport | 3 July 2012 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Vince Marcello

Writers:

Mary Casanova (based on: The McKenna Stories by), Jessica O'Toole (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jade Pettyjohn ... McKenna Brooks
Kerris Dorsey ... Josie Myers
Nia Vardalos ... Mrs. Brooks
Ian Ziering ... Mr. Brooks
Ysa Penarejo ... Toulane Thomas
Cathy Rigby ... Isabelle Manning
Kally Berard ... Sierra Kuchinko
Talia Pura ... Grandma
Paula Rivera ... Mrs. Thomas
George Chiang ... Mr. Wu
Kadence Kendall Roach ... Maisey Brooks
Paiten Raine Roach Paiten Raine Roach ... Mara Brooks
Aisha Alfa ... Announcer
Will Woytowich ... Cowboy Bob
Abbey Thickson ... Impatient Girl Tutor
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Storyline

McKenna has been such a bright reader up until 4th grade. But she slowly started having problems comprehending what she was reading and it was hard for her to tell her friends that her tutor ,Josie Myers was her reading tutor. Then, her friends wonder if she has a private "Gymnastics" coach. Then an ankle injury sends McKenna's life off track.

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Drama | Family | Sport

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Trivia

The movie is based on the series by Mary Casanova. See more »

Crazy Credits

While the credits play, a music video shows the entire Brooks family in wigs as a rock band, performing "I Hate Tuesday." See more »

Connections

Followed by Grace Stirs Up Success (2015) See more »

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Count on Me
Written by Cathy Heller and Kyler England
Performed by Cathy Heller
Courtesy of Cathy Heller Music
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Perfect for your tween daughter.
22 February 2014 | by Shopaholic35See all my reviews

This movie is adorable. It has your traditional tween growing up and finding yourself story but it is also really entertaining.

Everything always seems so much bigger than it really is in school and that is something that will never change. For McKenna her life is all about gymnastics and making the nationals then one day the Olympics. She learns life can be difficult juggling her passion with school and friendships but in true form she finds out what life is really about.

This movie may not be deep or intellectual but it doesn't need to be. It's the perfect light- hearted finding the true you story. It shows that you can have it all if you work hard from the beginning and follow your dreams. And isn't that what all kids need, someone backing them to be the best version of themselves and teaching them that you only fail if you never try.


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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars See more »

Filming Locations:

Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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