Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (Deluxe Edition)
DVD Release Date: November 30, 2010
Released just in time for the holiday season, this full-length American girl comes to life. Orphaned and living with her Grandmother, called Grandmary, Samantha Parkington becomes fast friends with Nellie O'Malley, the servant girl from next door.
Set in 1904, we follow Samantha's adventures first at her Grandmary's home and then with her aunt and uncle in New York City as Samantha becomes more socially aware.
What we thought: This movie gets two huge thumbs up from us. My 9 year old daughter is a huge American Girl fan. We've watched Kit Kittredge before several times and I know that if it is an American Girl movie, it is appropriate for her to watch. We settled in on the couch this dark and rainy Sunday and spent an hour and a half snuggling on the couch while watching this charming movie.
What I liked about the movie was the storyline: a rich girl and a poor girl become friends. Samantha isn't one to stand for injustice (as she sees it) and several times during the movie we see her do things that make her a role model. She collects coats for orphans (though mocked) and gets revenge on a nasty boy who bullies people for money. In fact, that scene of sweet revenge was one of the best in the whole movie! My daughter was torn between that scene and the very end of the movie when the problem is resolved to everyone's satisfaction.
Here's a video of where Samantha first meets Molly O'Malley and her sisters:
Own it on DVD
Samantha: An American Girl Holiday is available on DVD from WB. You can also purchase the movie from Amazon.com. There's still time to order this uplifting family movie before Christmas. This and other family friendly titles can be purchased through Warner Bros.
Disclosure: WB generously provided me with a copy of Samantha: An American Girl Holiday at no cost to me for review purposes. I received no compensation for making this blog post. The opinions stated herein are 100% my own or derived from my family's experience with this movie.