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Horse Camp: A Love Tail

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Well-meaning but uneven camp film has some positive messages

Movie NR 2020 81 minutes
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The likely tween audience for this movie might not notice or care that it's essentially a promotional video for an actual camp. In fact, tween girls are the targets for both this film and the camp it portrays, so they may respond well to the setting, the teenage characters, the camp spirit themes, and the hokey camp songs. Clearly the director has intended a heartfelt tribute to the camp.

But many viewers will not have the patience to sit through the narrative inconsistencies, awkward editing, amateur acting (with some exceptions), and uneven production values. The story undermines its own feminist messages with an obsession over unrealistic "mean girl" behavior and its paternalistic portrayal of Jessica's relationship with her husband. Beyond a couple of comical scenes, Horse Camp: A Love Tail is at its best when the humans disappear and the camera focuses on the camp's lovely natural surroundings and horses.

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