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Jessica Darling's older sister gives her the "IT List," a checklist on how to navigate the middle school popularity hierarchy. The instructions appear simple enough to follow, but like life, nothing is as easy as it seems.
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.
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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