A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Horse Crazy Too is, essentially, an amateurish copy of Home Alone, only this one is set on a ranch in Arizona instead of a suburban home. Also, for horse lovers, there really aren't that many scenes with horses, and no scenes where characters actually ride a horse. There is some potty humor, when the kids who fight back against the horse-stealing ex-convicts decide to fill balloons with horse excrement. Later, these same kids place one of these balloons into the driver's seat of the sports car belonging to the banker who seeks to repossess their ranch. While the first Horse Crazy movie had bad acting and at least some level of action and unpredictability, this sequel only has bad acting and little else to recommend it.
What's the story?
After the death of her beloved father, Andi Stanger (Elizabeth Johnson) and her husband Brad (Arizona Taylor) return home to their ranch with their kids, only to find a greedy developer waiting for them to let them know that they are behind on their mortgage payments and they have one day to come up with $100,000 or face foreclosure. Meanwhile, horse thief Karl Dawson (Dalin Christiansen) has escaped from prison and has rejoined forces with his cousin Duke, and together, they plan on stealing Queenie, the Stanger's prized colt. While Brad and Andi go to the bank to try and negotiate for more time to pay their mortgage, their teen babysitter Sam (Brittany Armstrong) tells the two kids BJ and Belle about when she was a child and went on the adventures chronicled in the first Horse Crazy movie. Meanwhile, the two bumbling ex-convict horse thieves arrive on the ranch and drive off with Queenie. It is up to Sam, BJ, Belle, and teen ranch hand Blake to work together and stop Karl and Duke from robbing Queenie and taking her to Mexico.
Is it any good?
What is most disappointing about Horse Crazy Too is how there are very few scenes with horses, and none where characters are actually riding horses. While the first Horse Crazy movie had its share of bad acting, at least there was a decent amount of action and a relatively original storyline. This sequel retained the bad acting of the original, and paired it with a story very similar to Home Alone.
While this movie could have had some social relevance, as the parents were facing foreclosure of their ranch, this opportunity to create genuine empathy is ruined by the cartoonish, ludicrous portrayal of the greedy developer, who takes overacting to ridiculous levels. Some of the slapsticky moments might be enjoyable for younger kids, but for parents, such scenes are tempered by the spectacle of kids with clothespins on their nose filling balloons with horse excrement. Overall, this is a step down from the original Horse Crazy movie.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about animal movies. What is the appeal of movies with animals at their center? How does this movie compare with other movies about horses? Do you think there were enough scenes with horses?
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