A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Has some good lessons about respect, obedience, family expectations, challenges in owning and training a horse, the challenges that cowboys, cowgirls, their families face when owning hundreds of acres of land and trying to make ends meet.
Positive Role Models
Katy is rebellious and headstrong, and these qualities go far in her desire to tame, ride, befriend Flicka.
Violence & Scariness
A girl falls from a horse, causing injuries, bruises. A mountain lion attacks Flicka, causing her to be critically injured. Debate on whether or not Flicka should be "put down" or treated for her painful injuries. Cowboys thrown off horses during a rodeo.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual innuendo: At dinner, a cowboy in his late teens asks his friend, "You gonna put your brand on that little schoolgirl this summer?" "Flicka," initially, is a slang term young cowboys use for attractive young woman who hasn't fully grown into her beauty. Passionate kissing between boyfriend, girlfriend. Very brief nudity: part of female breast seen when teen girl tends to wound on her back in the bathtub. Before riding home on horses, husband tells his wife, "Last one back is naked first." Some scenes of girls scantily clad in bikini tops, cutoff jean shorts.
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Infrequent profanity: "ass," "damn," "hell." Some sexual innuendo.
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Products & Purchases
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drinking and smoking in a bar scene.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Flicka is a 2006 drama inspired by the classic book My Friend Flicka. While it's for the most part a wholesome family movie with heart that's guaranteed to appeal to horse-loving kids, there are some scenes of questionable content for younger kids. Some of the violence might be too much: A mountain lion attacks Flicka, causing grave injury, and subsequent scenes feature a passionate debate as to whether they should "put down" Flicka to spare her further pain and suffering from her injuries, or try to nurse her back to health. This mountain lion also tries to attack the lead character, but Flicka protects her. While trying to train Flicka, the lead character is thrown off the horse and Flicka kicks her with her front legs, causing the lead character, Katy, to sustain injuries on her back. Very brief nudity (part of the side of a breast) is shown when Katy tends to her wounds while in the bathtub. Some sexual innuendo is made: An older teen cowboy asks his friend, "You gonna put your brand on that little schoolgirl this summer?" Before racing home on their horses, a husband says to his wife, "Last one back gets naked first." Passionate kissing is seen between an older teen boyfriend and girlfriend. Although Katy's rebellious nature is at the core of the story, there are consequences to her actions, and her family comes together at the end and learns to communicate in a respectful way. The movie has infrequent mild profanity -- "ass," "damn," "hell" -- and some drinking and smoking in a bar scene. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Sweeping landscapes, save-the-farm storyline, beautiful horses, rebellious girl -- it's been done before, but it's an appealing story that never goes out of style, especially for younger viewers. And even though the original novel is half a century old, its story of a hard-working family eking out a living on the farm and trying to protect their heritage has never been more relevant. Watching this movie will bring kids back to nature (and away from their video games) and help teach them that wide-open spaces need to be preserved and honored, not covered with malls and condos.
Also, the characters in this movie aren't one-dimensional. Katy is headstrong and opinionated -- she knows what she wants and goes after it -- but she's also girly, showing that it's OK to be both. Likewise, Rob isn't a bad guy. He just has big dreams for his daughter, which is why he wants her to go to college, instead of being saddled with a ranch that may or may not be around for much longer.
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