A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Focus is important when competing.
Positive Role Models
Liz is a wishy-washy and indecisive person who rarely stands up for herself. When a pathological and cruel woman badmouths Liz, Liz doesn't walk away, a poor example to set for young viewers. Liz is also quick to judge others without hearing all sides of a story and generally demonstrates immaturity and self absorption. Linda and James are patient and helpful.
Violence & Scariness
A fellow competitor confronts Liz cruelly, doling out unprovoked verbal abuse.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hope's Legacy is the sequel to Christmas Ranch. Some parents may be happy to find a movie without curse words, sexuality, or violence to amuse younger kids, but the trade-off here is the amateur feel of the story, direction, script, and most of the acting. A fellow competitor confronts Liz cruelly, doling out unprovoked verbal abuse. Pretty horses trot around, providing the best, possibly only, reason to watch. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Hope's Legacy is 103 minutes long, but feels much longer. This mindbogglingly boring family drama is a stunning mix of baseless and repetitive script contrivances that weakly substitute for drama, with clueless direction and incompetent acting. Dyan Cannon seems to know what she's doing, but she struggles to make herself look human while uttering the script's mechanical and lifeless dialogue. The plot could have been boiled down to provide the basis -- with different director, writer, and actors -- for a decent 30-minute after-school special. At least young horse lovers will be happy to gaze at the pretty horses.
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