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An American Girl Story - Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Semi-historical drama about a plucky girl is lots of fun.

Movie NR 2016 48 minutes
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Sweet and full of vintage details and clothing, this drama is tailor-made for young tweens who love a story about a relatable kid trying to make a difference. Despite growing up in an earlier time, Maryellen cares about the kinds of things grade schoolers care about -- Christmas presents, how she stands in the family pecking order, fairness, and friendship. In an attempt to stand out, Maryellen makes mistakes -- an attempt to distinguish her house from all the similar houses on the block by painting the front door red backfires, and she accidentally tells her whole family that her sister Joan (Madison Lawlor) is "pinned" to her boyfriend.

But Maryellen makes more kind gestures than mistakes, heeding her mother's words: "Sometimes if you listen, people tell you what they want most." Once she learns to listen to her family members and friends, she's able to figure out a way to make Christmas special for each of them, and the whole shebang culminates in an improbable Florida snowball fight. Grown-ups may find the proceedings a little cheesy, but An American Girl Story - Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas is fine, nonthreatening fare for young viewers in the mood for a kindhearted Christmas special.

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