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Movie review: Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mystery

Now that the swarms of high-heeled women who flocked to Sex and the City have lightened, cinemas are making ready for the sneaker-clad groupies of the next chick to hits the big screen. Yes, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mystery opens tonight.

Based on the popular line of historical American Girl dolls, the story follows Kit (played by Abigail Breslin), a Depression-era girl who must overcome hardship and diversity when her family hits a stroke of bad luck and has to take in boarders to get by.  The "mystery" of the title is a string of neighborhood robberies that inspires Kit to put on her junior detective hat.

With Stanley Tucci, Joan Cusack, Jane Krakowski and Julia Ormond in the cast, you'd think the acting would compensate for the run-of-the-mill-inspirational-story screenplay. But given the flatness of their roles, even the seasoned actors' performances seem a tad drab and any parents looking to find an over-your-kid's-head gem of a performance may be disappointed. Of course the only character your kids are going to care about is Kit herself, and Breslin's spunky, energetic performance will hold youngster's attention--and inspire little girls to stand up for what they think is right. You've got to admit, that's worth the ticket price alone.

Advanced screenings of Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mystery (G) begin tonight in NYC. Find show times and buy tickets here. The film opens nationwide on July 2. Plus, stay tuned for our exclusive interview with Abigail Breslin!

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