Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Victor Morton Reviews "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl"

Victor Morton writes at Right-Wing Film Geek:
... The highest praise I can give KIT KITTREDGE is that I liked it at all. It’s enjoyable and very effective, but to a 10-year-old girl, it’d probably be the best movie she’d ever seen. In fact, and maybe this actually IS the highest praise I can give, the film actually made me wish I had a 10-year-old daughter to share Daddy’s Movie Day with. In the mid-90s, Siskel & Ebert tried to push Cuaron’s G-rated, live-action girl’s film A LITTLE PRINCESS through two (failed) attempts at box-office success. They said words to the effect of “people say of Hollywood ‘they never make good family films.’ But when they actually vote with their dollars at the box office, G-rated family films flop, unless they’re Disney cartoons.” Two weeks in wide release, KIT KITTREDGE isn’t doing too well either and the lesson may be learned again. If you’re a Christian parent and have a daughter of the right age, you have almost a duty, and not just to her, to take her to see KIT KITTREDGE. It’s not a religious film at all, but it is the sort of family-friendly secular entertainment we say we want. The film is, as Ty Burr put it in the Boston Globe, “counterprogramming to our modern kid culture, a safe haven from booty-calls and belly-shirts.”

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