Parents' Guide to

Horse Camp

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Insecure teen comes of age; earnest but unoriginal.

Movie PG 2014 107 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Predictable storyline. Sugary writing.

"Ugly girl" gets makeover and usurps mean queen. She becomes the new mean queen and has to get taken down by her best friend. That's the story in a nutshell. I don't understand why people have to make these same movies and stamp it with Christian labels. The low point is where the new mean queen takes the camp stage with her new friends and sings "Hallelujah" to the story of the Titanic sinking to the bottom of the sea.

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Without question, director Joel Paul Reisig wanted to share the experience of horse camp (at Black River Ranch, in particular) with his audience, and he's more than successful at that. The viewer feels a part of the camp -- the singing, the myriad activities, the exquisite horses, the camaraderie, the responsibilities, the daily delight. In fact there's so much camp life and so many lengthy shots of girls riding that even though the movie is almost two hours long, the primary characters and the story have to fight for screen time. Often, a film creator who writes, directs, and produces the movie has difficulty retaining the distance or perspective necessary to evaluate the work. In this case, story and character inconsistencies (it's never clear what it takes to become "Camp Princess"), as well as contradictory attitudes about being pretty and about owning up to past mistakes, compromise an already predictable, conventional premise. Tween and teen girls will like the beautiful horses and horsemanship but shouldn't look too closely at behavior, motivation, and outcomes.

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