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I still remember taking my daughter to see here first American Girl movie in theaters. Tickets in hand, her and three giggly girlfriends munched on popcorn while watching Saige Paints the Sky. My daughter has since passed her American Girl love onto her little sister, who asks to play with big sister’s doll often. All three of us snuggled up on the couch recently, and screened the new Amazon Original: An American Girl Story – Ivy and Julie 1976: A Happy Balance.
Premiering on Friday, March 24th, An American Girl Story – Ivy and Julie 1976: A Happy Balance is set in 1976 San Francisco. The story follows 10 year old Ivy Ling (Nina Lu, BUNK’D), a Chinese-American girl struggling to find balance between her two cultural identities, and longing to be like her all-American best friend, Julie Albright (Hannah Nordberg, General Hospital).
While the feeling of balancing cultural identities wasn’t something we could relate too, relating to the feelings of wanting to be like someone else is something we could. I think there is something every girl can relate to in this movie, making it a great watch for both entertainment and self growth as a young girl.
An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance places a difficult choice in front of Ivy. She’s a gymnast and her gymnastics tournament falls on the same day as her family’s big Chinese New Year dinner. It is kind of ironic that my oldest daughter is in a touch choice situation herself. Her AP test, school band contest with bonus trip to the amusement park, and dance recital pictures all fall on the same day. Perfect timing getting to watch something similar play out in this movie.
You may remember that I met Nina Lu two years ago while on the set of BUNK’D. It’s only been two years but she seems SO grown up in this new An American Girl Story movie. Her skills on the balance beam have also improved. 😉 I love seeing her acting career branching out and her becoming a great role model for young girls.
An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance is tale of friendship, family, and mother daughter relationships. A story with lessons for girls, moms, and dads. A movie that will open up conversations and probably cause cartwheels in the living room, just to warn you. 😉
I do hope you’ll check out An American Girl Story – Ivy and Julie 1976: A Happy Balance on Friday March 24th on Amazon Prime. You can stream it using the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/originals with your Amazon Prime Membership. if you are not already a customer, you can sign up for a free trial at Amazon.com/prime.
PS: If you want more American Girl stories to watch after that, you can also find An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win and An American Girl Story – Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas, streaming on Amazon Prime Video as well! These movies are based on the characters Melody Ellison and Maryellen Larkin from the BeForever historical-inspired character line and An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win recently won several awards including a Parents’ Choice Gold Award, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Program, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs, and a Humanitas Prize in the Children’s Live Action Category. Impressive!