Flicka: Country Pride

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Sweet and wholesome addition to the Flicka movie series.
  • G
  • 2012
  • 92 minutes

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Kids say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational value

Kids might learn a bit about horses, as well as be exposed to positive messages about healing and friendship.

Positive messages

Wonderful messages about family and friendship. Lindy and Kelly both show how grief can change a person and how you can learn to heal through support, faith, and friendship. The bond between humans and animals is depicted as a transformational force in Kelly's life. Kelly's ability to bring together a team of misfits who all love horses shows that you can't judge a person based on appearances. Even the fractured relationship between Kelly and Stephanie is a reminder not to push friends away when you're going through tough times. Jealousy is exposed as a destructive trait, especially in a friendship.

Positive role models & representations

Kelly and her mother, Lindy, are kind and generous to everyone. Toby is a wise mentor and friend to both Kelly and her mother. He's a sage "salt of the Earth" man who doesn't talk a lot but manages to say all the right things when he does speak. Both adults and teens exhibit "mean girl" behavior.

Violence & scariness

There's no violence, but younger kids might be upset hearing about Kelly's father's death. In one scene, a horse is injured and can't continue to compete. Some pushing and arguing.

Sexy stuff

Two brief kisses -- one between adults the other between teens; also mild flirting, one slow dance, and the promise of a date.

Language

Some snobby put-downs.

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Flicka: Country Pride is the third family-friendly installment in the literary horse's film franchise. Like the previous movie, this is a direct-to-DVD release that centers around yet another teenage girl who bonds with the beautiful mustang. This is a wholesome movie that's a great pick for horse-loving kids and tweens; just be ready for a tiny bit of romance (two chaste kisses) and some mean-girl behavior that's sweetly resolved by the end of the movie. There are also several references to a deceased father and husband who died in a tragic accident, but the theme of loss is pivotal to the story, which teaches kids the importance of friendship and support during tough times.

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Kid, 10 years old December 23, 2014

Amazing!!!

I loved this movie! It was amazing! I put it as 6 and older because my sister who just turned 6, watched it and enjoyed it as much as me and my mom. I could tel...

What's the story?

Stable manager Toby (Clint Black) arrives at the flailing Cherry Creek Farms with the thoroughbred Flicka to work for widowed ranch owner Lindy (Lisa Hartman Black) and her teenage daughter, Kelly (Kacey Rohl). The ranch's leading patrons are a well-heeled but snobby family that includes Kelly's rival, Stephanie (Siobhan Williams), and her best friend, Briggs (Max Lloyd-Jones). When Stephanie and her cohorts leave the stable, Kelly and Briggs recruit two misfits -- a polo player and a stable hand -- to join their team for a regional competition. As Kelly bonds with Flicka, her mother opens up to Toby, and both mother and daughter begin to truly heal.

Is it any good?

For a direct-to-DVD "threequel," FLICKA: COUNTRY PRIDE is actually much better than expected. The central actress, Kacey Rohl, is surprisingly good at conveying a sense of grief and Kelly's insecurity around her snobby former best friend. Unlike the Flicka 2 protagonist, who's a bit rough around the edges, Kelly is kind and loving and willing to see the best in people -- she just can't get out from under the weight of her guilt or her grief until Flicka enters her life.

The Blacks are an ideal choice to play a widowed ranch owner and a cowboy with the heart of gold. While Clint is a country singer, not a trained actor, he and Lisa have a believable chemistry (a good thing, since they've been married for more than 20 years!), and the part comes naturally to him. Although there are a few aspects of the story that aren't well developed (the teen romance isn't necessary, and it would have been great to get to know more about the quiet stable hand and Argentinean polo player who join Kelly's team), this is exactly the kind of uplifting movie that everyone in the family can enjoy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why horse movies are so popular. Which are some of the best horse films, and how does Flicka: Country Pride compare?

  • While many contemporary movies feature "talking" animals, this one focuses on a regular, non-speaking horse. Which do you prefer -- talking animal movies or more realistic animal movies?

  • How does the movie depict Stephanie and Kelly's relationship? Is it believable that friends who fell out of touch after a death in the family would turn into frenemies? Kids: Do you know friends who've fallen out with each other but then mended their friendship?

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