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Flicka 2

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Touching horse story wrangles tough issue of loss.

Movie PG 2010 95 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Flicka 2 just as good as Flicka 1

Great family movie! I f you are a horse lover and owned your own horse you will love it! I enjoyed everything in the movie! Can’t wait to see the movie with my son! Loved the scenery and wild horses scenes! If I could rate it a 100 I would so I have to settle with 5! Funny my husband is not a horse lover or a horse rider like myself and he liked it! Stayed up for the whole movie he usually nods out! I found this movie by accident and I sure am glad I did! Looking forward to seeing Flicka 3! Must see movie!

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More a 3 and a half than a straight three rating, this movie manages to combine a modicum of urban edginess into the rural set plot which gives it an interesting sense of cultural divide. It suggests in fact more edginess than actually occurs, which will probably increase its appeal without offending many. Apart from one moderate kiss its a fairly chaste movie without any resort to strong language at all. Thematically it sets up some worthwhile parallels between the protagonist Carrie and the horse Flicka concerning freedom and acclimitization, set within the more general theme of loss and adjustment of both Carrie and her father. Acting is quite good with the main character showing an ability to depict Carrie's headstrong feistiness and her adaptation to focussing on the welfare of Flicka. She and her father both hold entrenched positions which (predictably) soften though the movie doesn't hurry this unduly (thankfully). The scenery shots are wonderful: from an Australian perspective it gives a good insight into a part of the United States not routinely depicted in the cinema, and lends the movie a sumptious spaciousness. One might cavil at the ending which looks to create various closures a little glibly - but the pre-ending ending, so to speak, a gesture of giving freedom despite loss and pain, is strong and moving.

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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.

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