An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Sweet, inspiring tale about a girl reaching for her dreams.

NR 2012 94 minutes

Parents say

age 4+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 17 reviews

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age 4+
This was a great movie! My 4, 6, and 8 year old loved it. The 8 and 6 year old were boys. Great example of how to get through the ups and downs in life as a young girl.

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age 5+

The movie is not racist.

Another reviewer said the movie was racist because the main character does a reading comprehension exercise in which she reads that the climate in India is not healthy for children. The reviewer was upset that there was no examination of that belief or discussion on it. I would like to point out that the main character is reading from a classic in literature called The Secret Garden which is from 1911. The characters discussing why or why not it would be racist would completely take away from the purpose of the scene in the movie, because the scene is simply about the girl stumbling over words and not comprehending them. Had they stopped to discuss the “racism” in the book, they would have lost the focus of the scene being about her inability to read. Not everything is a racial matter.

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Great messages
Great role models

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