As you know, I love watching movies (and reading books) on history. I was also a fan of the American Girl series when I was younger. So, I was excited to receive Felicity: An American Girl Adventure DVD for review. Felicity lives in the 1770’s in America. If you know much about American history, you know that this is the period where America fights for independence from England. As you can guess, things are very different then. Here is the film’s synopsis:
Felicity Merriman, a 10 year-old girl who’s as spirited and independent as the American colonies she lives in. For the first time ever, Felicity comes to life on screen in Felicity: An American Girl Adventure, a full-length live action movie based on American Girl’s best-selling books. When Felicity meets Penny, a beautiful copper colored mare, she knows with all her heart that she must free Penny from her cruel owner. Felicity desperately wishes for that same sureness of heart about the rumors of revolution swirling through Williamsburg. Felicity’s father believes that the colonies should be free form England’s rule, but her beloved grandfather and her best friend Elizabeth both support the king. With fiercely conflicting loyalties dividing the colonists, something as simple as a cup of tea could divide Felicity from her best friend forever. As Christmastide draws near, Felicity struggles to hold her family and friends close, and to find ways for love and friendship to rise above the growing conflict.
When I first started watching the movie, I instantly recognized the young star portraying Felicity as Shailene Woodley from “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” on ABC Family. This movie was filmed back in 2005, so it’s interesting to see Shailene take on another role in a different time period. It also stars John Schneider as her father and Marcia Gay Harden as her mother! So, it was really a nice surprise to recognize people in it as that doesn’t happen often to me.
The movie did a nice job of showing what life was like back then. It was enjoyable to watch. I think it might even be school appropriate. Granted, Felicity does sneak out of the house to see the horse and steals it at one point. Also, her grandfather dies. However, all of this is shown in a way that moves the story along, not in an over-bearing way. I liked the movie and would watch it again.
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of the movie for review purposes. No compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own.