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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this drama deals with issues of loss and abandonment. Carrie's mother has died, her grandmother has gone senile, and her relationship with her father has been absent until her teen years. Carrie takes risks while riding horses and skateboards behind a truck and car. Otherwise the messages are generally positive and Carrie's father, while a disciplinarian, is also patient and kind to her.
What's the story?
Carrie McLaughlin (Tammin Sursok) is a rough-around-the-edges city girl who loves to skate through the streets of Pittsburgh. Carrie has lived with her grandmother since her mother died. But when her grandmother shows signs of dementia, Carrie is sent to live with her father Hank (Patrick Warburton) on a ranch in Wyoming. The problem is, she hasn't seen her father since she was a little girl. She hates being in the country, away from home, stuck with a father she doesn't know. But then she meets a horse named Flicka, who is just a wild as she is, and she begins to see the world from a different perspective.
Is it any good?
A sequel to the movie Flicka, and based on the book by Mary O'Hara, this movie captures both the spirit of the wild teen and the wild horse who tames her. When removed from the urban environment, Carrie has a difficult time adjusting to life on "a big patch of dirt." She is outright rude to her father and is anti-social at best. But what makes this movie work is the fact that none of the men who surround her make Carrie feel like a second-class citizen. Her tough-girl status is respected, and she finds friendship first with a horse named Flicka, then with a kind (and cute) teenage ranch-hand named Jake (Reilly Dolman), and finally with her father.
Horse lovers will adore the galloping pace and grand shots of horse country. Tweens might learn a thing or two about life without digital media. Because the acting is servicable and the script is pretty believable, this sequel movie might make you reach for the tissue box when you least expect it.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how kids and teens deal with loss. Carrie stops eating at one point when she is very sad. She does not show interest in any of the things that used to bring her joy. What do you do when you feel very sad or angry? Are there healthier ways of dealing with such powerful emotions than not eating?
Carrie's dad Hank is very out of touch with the digital world. His computer is not even connected to the Internet. Here is a roadmap for parents like Hank, who want to know more about what goes on in kids' media lives.
Name three questionable choices that Carrie makes in this movie. Why is she acting impulsively? Is it just that she's a teenager and takes matters into her own hands? Or is there more to it than that?
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