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By Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Book-based movie has some innuendo, violence.

Movie PG 2006 94 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 8+

perfect for the horse lovers

We were watching it in sea ranch and I was playing roblox and after a little while i put the ipad away and watched the rest of the movie. I'm not a horse lover but somehow that movie was way better than the other ones. There is a cliff scene where, as you probably guessed, was a little scary because I was worried, I will tell you how i was worried in one word... slip! But overall great movie for horse lovers.
age 7+

Great family movie but also emotionally intense

Overall wonderful family movie especially for those that love anything horsey! Yes, some cheesy acting and such but it didn't detract from the general beauty of the movie. I will say that Common Sense Media missed the part in which the girlfriend of the brother does wear a string bikini. Didn't feel too innapropriate but my 7 year old girl did make a comment about it. Movie does have some very intense scenes, emotional roller coaster. Though it has a very happy ending--there is a point in which you think the horse will be shot and I even cried. If your child is very sensitive and emotionally fragile you may want to watch it yourself first. The scene where the horse gets attacked is also scary and intense. My daughter handled it well but I did have to keep reminding her that it is make-believe and not real and that the horse ends up ok at the end. Love the strong, confident, brave girl who is the lead in this movie and I love that she is always outside and getting dirty....our kids need more of that!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (12 ):

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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