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Annie – A Delightful Spin On The Classic Story

By Ranny Levy

This film offers an updated version of the classic tale about Annie, a foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, who sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. With a stellar cast and fabulous music, this is a lovely film to share with your children and grandchildren this holiday season. KIDS FIRST! Critic Kendyl P. comments, “Annie (Quvenzhane Wallis) is my favorite character because she is a young girl with great character and an infectious personality. She believes a “No, is just a yes that people don’t know yet.” Kayla P. adds, “The movie Annie is a fantastic movie. It is one of my favorite movies of all time.” See their full reviews below.


Annieby Kendyl P., Age 12, KIDS FIRST! Critic

Video review: https://youtu.be/NP_fFnIwTQg

The movie Annie is a phenomenal one! This is a modern day version of the original classic about a young foster girl who is very hopeful that her parents are coming back for her one day. Annie almost gets run over by a van as she is running through the streets of New York, trying to stop a group of boys from harming a dog. Then Mr. Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) saves her life. Someone records the rescue and it is immediately posted all over the news and social media. Mr. Stacks is a businessman running for Mayor of New York, sees this positive publicity as a way to increase his chances of becoming mayor. He and his team decide to bring Annie over for lunch to take pictures of the two of them together. It turns out Annie ends up staying a little longer then they originally anticipate.

Annie (Quvenzhane Wallis) is my favorite character because she is a young girl with great character and an infectious personality. She believes a “No, is just a yes that people don’t know yet.” She has a big heart. When she is given the opportunity of a lifetime, she shares her experiences with her friends.

I really enjoy watching Annie and her friends clean and sing, “It’s a Hard-Knock Life.” Even though they are cleaning a very dirty foster home where the caregiver is not very nice to them, they continue to joyfully sing and dance while they clean.  This is a perfect example of making the best of a not so good situation.

Everyone needs somebody. Will Stacks thinks money, wealth and his successful business is all he needs. He realizes that there is more to life than money and a successful business. Annie really teaches Mr. Stacks how to – live and be happy. 

Annie is an amazing movie for the entire family. I recommend this movie for boys and girls ages 5 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. It is in theaters now, so go check it out!


Annieby Kayla Powell, KIDS FIRST! Critic, Age 12

Video review: https://youtu.be/e3G5PQtkpso

My favorite movies of all time. This modern day remake the old classic is about a young foster girl who is trying to find her parents. One day she is chasing after a group of kids who are trying to harm a dog. She trips and falls in the middle of the street. Williams Stacks (Jamie Foxx), who is running for Mayor, grabs her before a truck hits her. The rescue goes viral and Mr. Stacks begins to show favorable ratings in the polls. As a result, Mr. Stacks’ campaign manager thinks Mr. Stacks should spend more time with Annie to continue to increase his poll ratings. Mr. Stacks’ team believes this would surely be his ticket to becoming Mayor. During their time together, both Mr. Stacks and Annie, learn a lot about each other and themselves.

The message of this film is you can be and do anything you can dream of. During the movie, Mr. Stacks encourages Annie to work hard, because “the world is yours, if you dare to work at it.” Annie finds herself in a tough situation and she remembers what Mr. Stacks shared with her about working hard.

My favorite character is Annie (Quvenzhane Wallis) because she is very outgoing, not afraid to face challenges and she is a very optimistic young girl. Quevenzhane also sings very well.

The actors are perfect. They sing, dance and do a marvelous job bringing a modern day twist to this old classic.

This film is perfect for the entire family. I recommend it for boys and girls ages 5 to adults and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Annie is a must see this holiday season. It is playing in theaters now so don’t miss it.


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Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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