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A Horse for Summer

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Faith-based film about rebellious teen has heavy themes.

Movie PG 2015 96 minutes
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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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