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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 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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TV-G

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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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Trivia

They goofed when McKenna was going to do her beam routine for the demonstration. They had a beam expander put on the beam and you could see it when she stepped up to the beam. 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 »

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

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Get Up (Opening Montage)
Written by Carly Robyn Green, Amy Powers and Dorian Cheah
Performed by Carly Robyn Green
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Delicate, Warm-Hearted Family Entertainment
13 July 2012 | by Matt KramerSee 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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