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An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong

By Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Tween mean girl meets her match in Chrissa.

Movie NR 2009 90 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 17 parent reviews

age 7+

the best movie ever

chrissa stands strong is a little sad at part but it has very good lesins about school bullies

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 6+


We are a homeschooling family, in the movie that is about bullying they actually talk bad about homeschooling. So apparently being bullied in public school is wrong but saying homeschoolers are quitters and can’t keep up with their school work and have suffering grades is considered fine.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (17 ):
Kids say (42 ):

Let's hear it for great casting, understated child actors, and a strong vein of humor (in the form of Chrissa's imagined torment of her oppressors). Chrissa Stands Strong manages to skim the melodramatic after-school special feel that it might otherwise have. Hanratty and Tischler are perfect foils, and the evolution of side characters from doormats to strong girls is nice to observe. It's a relief, too, to see these modern 10-year-olds dressing and acting like children, not tiny adults. Michael Learned makes an appearance as a widowed grandma with a penchant for llamas, 30 years after The Waltons.

But the most valuable part of this movie is the way that it can pry open the door between parents and kids about the issue of physical, mental, and cyber-bullying. The parents, played by Annabeth Gish and Timothy Bottoms, make some missteps in how they handle Chrissa's woes, as do school administrators. Kids and adults alike may come away from this movie with a heightened awareness of the dangers of bullying, a better sense of how to identify it, and best of all, some approaches for addressing it.

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