Flicka: Country Pride
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When Toby (Clint Black) takes on a managing job at a boarding stable with Flicka in tow, the owner's teenage daughter Kelly (Kacey Rohl) quickly bonds with the wild horse.
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Kids might learn a bit about horses, as well as be exposed to positive messages about healing and friendship.
Kelly and her mother, Lindy, are kind and generous to everyone. Toby is a wise mentor and friend to both Kelly and her mother. He's a sage "salt of the Earth" man who doesn't talk a lot but manages to say all the right things when he does speak. Both adults and teens exhibit "mean girl" behavior.
Two brief kisses -- one between adults the other between teens; also mild flirting, one slow dance, and the promise of a date.
There's no violence, but younger kids might be upset hearing about Kelly's father's death. In one scene, a horse is injured and can't continue to compete. Some pushing and arguing.
Wonderful messages about family and friendship. Lindy and Kelly both show how grief can change a person and how you can learn to heal through support, faith, and friendship. The bond between humans and animals is depicted as a transformational force in Kelly's life. Kelly's ability to bring together a team of misfits who all love horses shows that you can't judge a person based on appearances. Even the fractured relationship between Kelly and Stephanie is a reminder not to push friends away when you're going through tough times. Jealousy is exposed as a destructive trait, especially in a friendship.
Parents need to know that Flicka: Country Pride is the third family-friendly installment in the literary horse's film franchise. Like the previous movie, this is a direct-to-DVD release that centers around yet another teenage girl who bonds with the beautiful mustang. This is a wholesome movie that's a great pick for horse-loving kids and tweens; just be ready for a tiny bit of romance (two chaste kisses) and some mean-girl behavior that's sweetly resolved by the end of the movie. There are also several references to a deceased father and husband who died in a tragic accident, but the theme of loss is pivotal to the story, which teaches kids the importance of friendship and support during tough times.