The doll you love comes home on DVD in a full-length, live-action movie. Molly: An American Girl On The Homefront has all the joy, excitement and you-are-there history of the best-selling books about Molly McIntire. Molly ... more »McIntire is a girl growing up in 1944. The world is at war, and she misses her father who is overseas caring for wounded soldiers. Molly doesn't like many of the changes the war has brought, like rationing rubber, eating turnips for dinner, and not seeing her Dad on Christmas. But she learns the importance of getting along and pulling together, just as her country must do to win the war! Lively and lovable, she is the star of her story. Cast includes Molly Ringwald (Pretty in Pink, Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles)« less
Alicia O. from WESTERVILLE, OH Reviewed on 11/21/2009...
This is a great movie. My girls love it.
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Oh Gosh and Golly It's Molly!
K. A. Alphs | USA | 12/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My daughter and I anxiously awaited the premiere of "Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front" and we were not disappointed. The story centers around young Molly McIntire in the small midwestern town of Jefferson, Illinois in the mid 1940's as the United States has just entered World War II. Molly's neat,predictable world rapidly changes overnight once the USA enters World War II. Dr. McIntire, Molly's dad enlists in the army and is sent overseas to London, England where help is needed the most. Molly's mother takes a job at the local aircraft plant to make ends meet financially leaving the McIntire children in the care of a neighbor, Mrs. Gilford. Molly's family takes in a 10 year old refugee from London named Emily while Miss Campbell, Molly's teacher looses her fiance' during a bombing in London. Through all the changes and adjustments Molly keeps a positive attitude and a determined spirit which was the backbone of America's homefront. This is a movie your whole family will enjoy! As a side note our family is anticipating next years American Girl movie which will be "Kit" and will be produced by Walden Media."
A disappointed Molly fan
Sunny Sewing Honeybee | 12/06/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I've been a fan of American Girl books for nearly 20 years, and Molly has always been my favorite character. Sadly, this movie does away with all of the magic of the books. Molly is no longer bad at math. Instead, she's a spelling whiz. Her brother Brad is gone, and Miss Gilford is a neighbor rather than a housekeeper. Most of the endearing scenes and story-lines in Molly's books are left out (such as Molly and her siblings getting a tree, camping, her birthday, their snowball fight, school Lend a Hand projects, finding Dad's package and hiding it, Molly and her friends trying to give her a perm, Halloween . . . the list goes on), while some that weren't necessary are disproportionately expanded upon, such as Emily's. It would be easier for diehard Molly fans to point out what is the same between books and movie, rather than what is not, since the two hardly resemble one another. Only the turnip scene is here.
On its own, as a movie, it's also somewhat of a disappointment. The two people I watched it with didn't know anything about Molly. One struggled not to fall asleep while the other read and made phone calls. The movie is presented in a series of vignettes that are hardly connected to one another, with a trauma about Dad added to the end of the movie in order to give some semblance of a typical climax and resolution storyline. Rather than being a movie about Molly, however, Miss Campbell, Dad, and Emily get a lot of attention throughout. It seems to be a movie without a focus, searching around for a plot. It also seems dark, which is in contrast to Molly's books. Yet all the positive things that happen in the movie are things Molly could have only dreamed about in her books, such as truly getting to play Miss Victory, having her dad witness her performance, and yes--her hair can even hold a curl. It's almost as if poor Molly has been trapped in an alternate universe, where everything that didn't happen in her books happens in the movie, and vice versa. This should prove quite discombobulating for Molly fans!
On a positive note, the movie has wonderful sets and period music, such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by the Andrews Sisters, and a fun jitterbug scene. Despite that, unfortunately, Molly's movie is not the best out of the offerings from American Girl."
Can't help but being a little disappointed by the changes th
third time mom | Naperville, IL United States | 12/05/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This American Girl movie is my least favorite. Anytime a book is made into a movie you should expect the screenwriters to make a few changes from the book, but this movie seemed to stray too much from the original written books. Molly's dad is at home at the beginning of the movie; in the book he is already gone. Molly has a younger brother in the books; he isn't in the movie. And as a previous reviewer stated, the whole ending scene was just *wrong*. Molly's dad was supposed to come home, not to her show. She wasn't even IN the show in the book. But, the folks at American Girl want to sell tie-in products to the movie, so they have a new stage, theater seats, Miss Victory dance costumes for Molly and Emily, etc. I do like how they portrayed Emily and told her story, but again Emily was a much more minor character in the books than she is in the movie (again, there's a new Emily doll for sale at AG so naturally they need to push her significance in Molly's life). Many many other parts were changed, mom's a factory worker in the movie vs a Red Cross volunteer in the books, Mrs. Gilford was always their housekeeper, not just after Mom went to work; little things that just seemed annoying.
Despite heavy criticism, an enjoyable treat for all AG fans!
MollyRK | Chicago | 12/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of American Girl's newest and richest traditions--which includes producing a movie and manufacturing a new doll every holiday season--represents a recent marketing tool that can reel in AG fans of all ages. Those of us who grew up with these dolls can derive just as much excitement with these films as does the younger crowd, and this year Molly becomes the star of her very own story.
Stacking this film up against the original two movies starring Samantha and Felicity, I personally have to say that "Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front" easily surpassed them both. Perhaps it is because the World War II era is a memorable and relatively recent period in American history--a landmark event that current generations remember through the heartfelt accounts of grandparents, relatives, and friends over the years.
The chosen layout for this film has clearly received some heat and is viewed by the majority as poor against the first two movies. While I will not deny that the cross-over from the books to the small screen are blaring for the most loyal fans, it is not at all uncommon for screen adaptations to deviate from the written books. However, that does not mean that this movie does not stand on its own as a strong story and a worthy addition to the AG film collection.
The biggest problem with this movie, in my opinion, is that the screen time (90 minutes on the televised version, and that included commercials) didn't allow sufficient development for the several plot threads. Since the end result was scenes that were occasionally abrupt and choppy, it may have been in their best interest to emphasize fewer events within the story. Also, if you are a longtime fan of the 6-volume book collection, you will notice that there was one McIntire family member short in the film. 4-year-old brother Brad was completely eliminated, which surprised me a bit, but you have to understand that it must be difficult to find an actor that young, and some movies simply don't find the need to bother with it. The movie functioned just fine with the three older kids, and although middle brother Ricky was portrayed with a much less pesky nature as in the books, everyone delivered well.
As has been mentioned by many, Maya Ritter turned in an impressive performance in the title role. Not only did she totally look the part (maybe a little too much--haha), I think she definitely outdid Anna-Sophia Robb and Shailene Woodley from the first two American Girl movies. Her whiny behavior did get old at times, but I liked the way she matured and found her place in the war effort as the plot progressed.
These American Girl movies have also begun a tradition of selecting a bigger-name actress for the mother (or the main maternal role). If you remember, Mia Farrow portrayed Samantha's beloved Grandmary, and Marcia Gay Harden stepped in as the mother of Felicity. Now, the well-known Molly Ringwald joins this cast as the kind, loving and patient McIntire matriarch--and she played the part very well. I was surprised to see her in this role, but I must say she hit it on the nail.
I don't blame the most die-hard "Molly" fans for being disappointed with the changes made for this film. Personally, the Molly books were my favorite out of all the ones that were released, mostly because the spunky and spirited personality of the main character were so closely channeling something that seemed real. Molly's father was already gone for two years in the very first "Meet Molly" book, and during the film, he leaves at the beginning and returns a few months later. The way the writers chose to portray his emotional return to his family was a little disappointing and even slightly corny (even coming from me, a definite fan of the fluff). If the writers were to keep only one main plot thread from the original books, I would have picked this one--the finale to the "Molly" books that would have also created a perfect movie ending. I understand that they wanted to introduce Molly's father from the very beginning and allow viewers to get a sense of knowing his character, but perhaps they could have achieved that task more fully through flashbacks or brief scene jumps to the man's current involvement in the war.
I was very pleased with how English refugee Emily Bennett was developed in the film, and I absolutely loved Tory Green in the role. What a sweetheart she was--friendly, unassuming and painfully shy, and the gradual friendship that grew between her and Molly was done beautifully. Overall, I perceive this film as a worthy addition to your collection--well-acted, a good story (if not a little different than some fans of the books would have liked), and, as always with the AG films, indicative of how those timeless values of cooperation and friendship can span well through the passing years."