Five stars all the way!!
This movie is about American Girl's 2009 Girl of the Year, Chrissa Maxwell. I was actually five years old when Chrissa came out, so I didn't get into her until now. As all you American Girl fans out there know, this movie is actually, amazingly like the books! I was surprised during watching it! I really love this movie, and mostly what I love is that American Girl portrays Chrissa as a real-life girl dealing with real-life problems and real-life people. There are countless extremely mean just EVIL parts in the movie, all starting with Chrissa's very first day at Edgewater Elementary. All down to the very lines were like the books, except for just a little bit more in the second book, Chrissa Stands Strong, that wasn't in the movie. The Mean Bees, Tara, Jadyn, and Sonali, are REALLY mean, and Chrissa is a really kind, sweet nine-year-old portrayed by a twelve-year-old. In the movie, Sonali starts to realize how bullying is very, VERY wrong, so she starts to befriend Chrissa and Gwen, a homeless girl with no friends, whom Chrissa befriends. I think that everything down to the threads is just so realistic and shows real girls and real personalities. Everything about this movie is perfect! I love Chrissa's ways of dealing with anger (via visuals), and it truly does teach girls how to deal with bullying when it first happens; DON'T keep it in, you're not tattling. DO tell a parent or a teacher, you ARE just telling the truth. It shows all the things the characters did wrong, and how you shouldn't do those things in the first. For girls starting school, even with all the cruelty and extreme meanness, it really is the best movie to stop bullying right away. For ANYONE (Yes, I'm a home-schooler), it's a great movie! One part I love is when Chrissa looks up home-schooling, cause yes, that IS another option. I started homeschooling after one month in kindergarten because of bullies and bullying teachers. DO watch the movie AND read the books, if you can find them anywhere! This is truly one of American Girl's best characters!! Five stars all the way!