Samantha: An American Girl Holiday

Movie review by Teresa Talerico, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Charming, turn-of-the-century American Girl tale.

NR 2006 86 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 18 reviews

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age 3+

Ageless, Timeless & Classic

Loved this as a family movie so much I think we’ll make a tradition! It’s real life but not depressing, has comical relief and story speaks hope. Samatha is a great example of how to face hardship, be a true friend and help others. The ending is perfect!

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age 8+

Seven year old very disturbed at the glimpse of factory life.

Writing review for my seven year old daughter: There is a scene where a boy gets hurt in the factory, and there was a little bit of blood. My daughter must be very sensitive because she ran into the other room crying because she was so sad that the boy got hurt. Not mentioned in any of the reviews. I think she was more surprised than anything, it was unexpected. Even the next day she's cross about having watched the movie- but more about the thought of kids having to work in factories and getting hurt. Very difficult to explain child labor to her, she's too young and barely understands what work is in the first place. I think she's too young to handle the realities of the suffering of the less fortunate. I think seven is too young for this movie. She has a lifetime ahead of her to shoulder the burdens of the evils of the world, I don't want to pop her bubble any more.

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