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McKenna Movie Watching Party

Our friends at Universal Studios Home Entertainment invited us to host a An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars movie pre-screening party. We had invited 8 girls but since we did the party on such short notice so one of my daughter’s best friends could make it, we ended up with 4 girls. The four girls really LOVE their dolls and two of them are gymnasts, too, so it was destined to be a great afternoon!

Each girl brought a doll and the girls headed to the playroom to watch the movie. Since its too hot for hot drinks, I made them all chocolate milk shakes with whipped cream and sprinkles just like McKenna’s Mom might have done in her coffee shop. They also had spiral sandwiches, veggies, and chips while watching the movie. After the movie they played trivia and had to buzz in by lifting their doll in to the air then headed to the kitchen table to get their bracelets and McKenna activity sheets.

All four girls LOVED the movie and when asked if they wanted to watch it again it was a resounding YES. I did a quick question and answer with the girls and got the following:

What was your favorite scene? The part where Toulane is sneaking around trying to figure out what McKenna was doing.

Was the gymnastics realistic? Yes.

Who was your favorite character? Two votes for Toulane, one for McKenna and one for Josie.

Could you relate to the characters and the challenges they faced? Definitely

Other thoughts:

  • Sierra was kind of an afterthought in the movie – almost invisible
  • The girls all wanted to know why McKenna was embarassed to have a tutor
  • They liked how McKenna used a wheelchair too in the camping scene
  • The lesson about keeping a balance was important

Now for  the good part! You can win a copy of the movie for yourself!



One (1) lucky winner will receive An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars on Bluray/DVD direct from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

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Remember, An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars will be available on DVD/Bluray as of July 3, 2012 at Walmart and AmericanGirl.com. It will also be televised on NBC, July 14. Watch the trailer:

Disclosure: We were sent the movie to review along with a gift certificate to use for party supplies. All insights and opinions on the movie are our own.