Flicka 2

  • Review Date: May 3, 2010
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2010

Common Sense Media says

Touching horse story wrangles tough issue of loss.
  • Review Date: May 3, 2010
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2010

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Consistent with the series, a major theme is the power of animals to transform us and help us cope with life's tougher struggles.

Positive role models

Carrie's father is a disciplinarian -- which in this case is not a bad thing. Carrie tests him by being sassy and rude to him, but he doesn't allow her to manipulate him.  He shows his affection for her by being patient and kind.

Violence & scariness

Carrie hitches a ride on her skateboard behind a truck and a car. She also takes risks when riding horses. Carrie's grandmother seems to be suffering from dementia; mentions of the loss of Carrie's mother.

Sexy stuff

A kiss by the bonfire and teens holding hands.

Language

Carrie says: "this sucks!" a couple of times.

Consumerism

iPod is mentioned. Carrie yearns for a new cell phone when hers breaks.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some of the cowboys appear to be drinking beers at dinner.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this drama deals with issues of loss and abandonment. Carrie's mother has died, her grandmother has gone senile, and her relationship with her father has been absent until her teen years. Carrie takes risks while riding horses and skateboards behind a truck and car. Otherwise the messages are generally positive and Carrie's father, while a disciplinarian, is also patient and kind to her.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Carrie McLaughlin (Tammin Sursok) is a rough-around-the-edges city girl who loves to skate through the streets of Pittsburgh. Carrie has lived with her grandmother since her mother died. But when her grandmother shows signs of dementia, Carrie is sent to live with her father Hank (Patrick Warburton) on a ranch in Wyoming. The problem is, she hasn't seen her father since she was a little girl. She hates being in the country, away from home, stuck with a father she doesn't know. But then she meets a horse named Flicka, who is just a wild as she is, and she begins to see the world from a different perspective.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

A sequel to the movie Flicka, and based on the book by Mary O'Hara, this movie captures both the spirit of the wild teen and the wild horse who tames her. When removed from the urban environment, Carrie has a difficult time adjusting to life on "a big patch of dirt." She is outright rude to her father and is anti-social at best. But what makes this movie work is the fact that none of the men who surround her make Carrie feel like a second-class citizen. Her tough-girl status is respected, and she finds friendship first with a horse named Flicka, then with a kind (and cute) teenage ranch-hand named Jake (Reilly Dolman), and finally with her father.

Horse lovers will adore the galloping pace and grand shots of horse country. Tweens might learn a thing or two about life without digital media. Because the acting is servicable and the script is pretty believable, this sequel movie might make you reach for the tissue box when you least expect it.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how kids and teens deal with loss. Carrie stops eating at one point when she is very sad. She does not show interest in any of the things that used to bring her joy. What do you do when you feel very sad or angry? Are there healthier ways of dealing with such powerful emotions than not eating?

  • Carrie's dad Hank is very out of touch with the digital world. His computer is not even connected to the Internet. Here is a roadmap for parents like Hank, who want to know more about what goes on in kids' media lives.

  • Name three questionable choices that Carrie makes in this movie. Why is she acting impulsively? Is it just that she's a teenager and takes matters into her own hands? Or is there more to it than that?

Movie details

DVD release date:May 2, 2010
Cast:Clint Black, Patrick Warburton, Tammin Sursok
Director:Michael Damian
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Genre:Drama
Topics:Horses and farm animals
Run time:95 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some reckless behavior.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bynovember27 July 13, 2011
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

Best Movie about animals.

Lovely storyline really touching. The characters are great. It really gives black beauty a run for it's money.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Teen, 14 years old Written byHunterJumper13 April 18, 2011
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

Bahahaha. Stupidest movie ever. Honestly, any person that has even been around a horse would know how fake this is. Terrible acting (their idea of a sad scene was a girl staring ahead and going I'm s-s-s-s-s-so s-s-s-s-sad."), terrible riding, pointless story. However, I watched this with my friend (in their RV at horsecamp, ironically), and we laughed our butts off at the stupiditiy. Seriously though, folks, save your money and watch 'Secretariat'. At least that's actually a good movie, and not some pitiful remake.

Kid, 9 years old Written bygamegirl908 June 12, 2010
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

Perfect

LLLLOOOVVVEEE IIITTT

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