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||IMDB Rating: 5.9/10 from 382 votes
||Release: 3 July 2012 (USA) /
||Director: Vince Marcello,
||Stars: Abbey Thickson, Aisha Alfa, Cathy Rigby, George Chiang, Ian Ziering, Jade Pettyjohn, Kadence Kendall Roach, Kally Berard, Kerris Dorsey, Nia Vardalos, Paiten Raine Roach, Paula Rivera, Talia Pura, Will Woytowich, Ysa Penarejo
||Synopsis: American Girl McKenna comes to life in this modern-day adventure about a determined gymnast who must focus on her strengths to overcome challenges and find a way to believe in herself again.
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McKenna Brooks is in the fourth grade but hopes to be an Olympic
gymnast someday. She pushes herself really hard, and Coach Isabelle
worries she's not ready for some of the moves she attempts. McKenna's
best friend Toulane also aspires to be an Olympic gymnast because her
older sister was hurt and lost her opportunity. Correction: Toulane's
mother aspires for Toulane to be an Olympic gymnast, and Toulane can't
tell her mother how she really feels. Meanwhile, McKenna is having
trouble in school, and her parents expect her to improve her grades or
no gymnastics. Her teacher Mr. Wu suggests Josie as a tutor. Josie is
in a wheelchair, which gives the movie another opportunity for an
inspiring story. But even though she is quite friendly and patient, her
techniques make McKenna feel like a little child who has to start over.
It will be a long road uphill, with plenty of obstacles to overcome.
This movie offers a lot of lessons about responsibility, determination,
and the real meaning of friendship. It is kind of preachy but gets the
message across with feel-good moments and plenty of humor.
Kerris Dorsey and Ysa Penarejo, as Josie and Toulane respectively, both
do a reasonably good job acting, and both have their moments, but one
can tell they are acting when they deliver dialogue. Dorsey does a very
good job when it is her turn to be frightened, after Josie has been so
strong and confident.
Nia Vardalos and Ian Ziering both do okay as McKenna's parents, but
they're not quite up to the superior level one might hope for. Vardalos
has more to do and does it better.
Jade Pettyjohn, however, becomes McKenna and does an outstanding job.
She is so adorable and easy to like.
I didn't know Cathy Rigby could act, but I did not know which one was
her. I figured she might be the coach, but she was so good.
The gymnasts also do an excellent job. In McKenna's case, we can't see
her face and her hair is slightly different when she is doing her most
difficult stunts, so I think we know what that means. It's hard to
believe they're just kids. It's a beautiful thing to watch all these
kids going through their routines--almost like Esther Williams without
As would be expected for a movie targeting young girls, there's not a
lot of music. There is a lot of what young girls think is music. But
the movie does offer four exceptions to the rule. There is generic
background music which is listenable for someone with my taste. And a
song with the lyrics "Breathe in, breathe out" is sort of good. But two
of the movie's funniest scenes have good music. One is a hilarious
sequence where McKenna tries out different tutors. In another, Toulane
behaves like a spy because of her jealousy when McKenna has secrets and
other friends. In the library she uses her gymnastics skills to sneak
around. The music resembles the "Mission: Impossible" theme.
The movie makes effective use of visual effects and editing,
illustrating McKenna's problems with concentration, and dramatically
showing her difficulty, through rapid-fire editing, taking a test when
she can't remember anything.
This is a very good effort and one that is really worth seeing. There
is no offensive content here. Just a few scary scenes, but this is
appropriate for all ages.
Tags for McKenna Shoots for the Stars Full Movie
, Aisha Alfa
, Cathy Rigby
, George Chiang
, Ian Ziering
, Jade Pettyjohn
, Kadence Kendall Roach
, Kally Berard
, Kerris Dorsey
, Nia Vardalos
, Paiten Raine Roach
, Paula Rivera
, Talia Pura
, Will Woytowich
, Ysa Penarejo
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