I already feel a slight pang of embarrassment (and self-loathing) any time I tell someone my favorite show is Gossip Girl — a series for teens that’s also deliciously appealing to “grown ups” like me. But now it seems the bar has fallen even lower: After seeing the trailer for Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, starring Abigail Breslin as a 10-year-old wannabe reporter during the Great Depression, I want to see the film. Is that weird?
Here’s why. First off, the cast looks great. Breslin could not be cuter in her little blond wig (pictured), plus she’s got Julia Ormond and Chris O’Donnell as parents (it’s been a while since we’ve seen either actor in worthy big-screen roles). Not to mention the fact that Joan Cusack, Stanley Tucci, and Jane Krakowski pop up in supporting spots.
But the real reason I want to see the movie is my undying love for anything American Girl. As a kid, I had all the books and even organized lemonade stands to earn money towards my very own overpriced doll. Sadly, my entrepreneurial skills never got me the coveted Kirsten (the pioneer American Girl) I wanted. When I moved to Chicago a few years ago, I made a painful loop around the giant Michigan Avenue American Girl Place, cursing my unfulfilled youth. But I digress…
Have you ever sheepishly slinked into a movie theater to pacify your inner eight-year-old? (And yes, Transformers counts.) Or should I just grow up and see Get Smart instead?