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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Honesty; forgiveness; community's role in helping those in need and in preventing crime; second chances; starting over.
Positive Role Models
Parents are engaged, present, hardworking, though one teen's mother is in jail for theft and breaking parole; pastor and community members are caring and involved without judgment; teenagers are realistically flawed; some are more dutiful than others, while one acts out because of her troubled family life.
Violence & Scariness
Some aggression when the mom is hauled into jail for theft; horse gets sick and is shown dying.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married couple kisses on the cheek.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Horse for Summer is a heavily faith-based movie about a troubled teen who finds stability in her uncle's family after her mom goes to jail. There are some tearful scenes with her mother's incarceration and problems, some acting out including stealing money, a horse that gets sick and dies, and some fights and family conflict regarding paying bills, keeping kids in line, and honoring faith. Many scenes are in church settings or involve parents talking about how to stay afloat with financial troubles, so in spite of the strong messages the film is not likely to hold the attention span of younger kids. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A HORSE FOR SUMMER is not particularly well-acted, and the dialogue often feels overly scripted and heavy-handed in the portrayal of its redemption story. There are a lot of serious scenes about struggling to pay bills and some intense family conflict about the choice to allow a troubled teen into their home.
But for Christian families interested in redemption stories, there are a lot of positive messages here and at least one really intriguing, positive idea that could be worth the price of admission: the notion that a stronger community full of people who help those less fortunate without judgment or hesitation could help those struggling to make better choices. An incarcerated parent and a dying horse make for some intense scenes, though. Best for older kids.
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