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A Pony Tale

By Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Disappointing, boring talking-horse film falls flat.

Movie NR 2013 89 minutes
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If you're looking for a feel-good talking-horse movie, A Pony Tale shouldn't be your first choice. It's a clumsy, awkward film that will probably get boring for even young viewers pretty fast. There's really only about 30 minutes worth of story line in the movie, but it's stretched to over an hour with the addition of random shots of the scenery between every scene. The dialogue is incredibly bad, the plot is minimal, and the talking horse is surprisingly unexciting. The DVD cover also is confusing since at some point the name was changed and a different girl is shown on the cover than is shown in the actual film.

Kids looking for a talking-animal film probably will be disappointed in the lack of screen time for Horatio, who really just stands around and "tells" bad jokes (though, unlike Mr. Ed, his mouth doesn't actually move, so it's surprisingly unengaging). And although there are some mildly funny hijinks performed by Juliet's stepbrothers, much of the film is Juliet's stepmother and Mr. Beetle discussing his personal problems and the plight of the ranch, which will bore most kids. Parents may appreciate the positive message and may be amused by how horribly bad the movie is, but the novelty of both probably will​ wear off pretty fast.

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