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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that A Gift Horse is a faith-based movie about a young girl's devotion to horses after the loss of her mother to cancer. While learning to care for and rehabilitate a horse, she also struggles to accept her father's new girlfriend. Due to the pervasive heavy themes, this film is best for tweens and up.
What's the story?
Grieving the loss of her mother to cancer, Amanda (Kyla Kenedy) throws herself into caring for horses after school. There, she falls in love with Misty, a horse owned by local entrepreneur Mr. Canton (John Schneider) that needs a lot of work getting ready for the competition. But if Misty can't perform better, Amanda will have to endure yet another loss. Meanwhile, her father has a new girlfriend whom she struggles to accept.
Is it any good?
A GIFT HORSE has some positive messages about faith, family, and hard work, and it takes a very thoughtful approach to giving kids the space to grieve a parent's loss. It's beautifully shot in a great countryside setting, but the heavy themes and sweeping score, as well as the wooden acting and sentimental dialogue, make for a pretty weighted, maudlin viewing experience.
There is a fairly formulaic story about the patience of getting a horse up to competition standards, so this film is best for horse lovers and Christian families looking to have the power of faith enforced.
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