Parents' Guide to

My Friend Flicka

By Common Sense Media, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Classic horse story picks up in the second half.

Movie NR 1943 89 minutes
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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+


My son loved this story! He didn't seem to think it was slow to begin. Actually, he enjoyed the scenes of the horses galloping and all. The story tugged at his heartstrings.

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MY FRIEND FLICKA may seem too dated for children who aren't crazy about horses and willing to sit through the slow first half. Ken's touching battle to win his father's approval and save the life of his colt eventually gains momentum. The first half is very slow, with numerous shots of fields, horses, fences, etc. Parents may want to fast forward to when Ken gets Flicka – the action speeds up, and the divergent beliefs of his mother and father intensify. Ken's father is an exacting man who believes in breaking animals and punishing children, while Ken's mother believes that animals, like people, respond to love. In the end, love is what saves Ken, his father, and even Flicka.

British child star Roddy McDowall doesn't sound as if he belongs on a Wyoming ranch, but his portrayal of a boy who learns the importance of love and responsibility rings true. The movie is faithful to Mary O'Hara's book of the same name, at times picking up whole pages of dialogue. Older kids who like the movie may be inspired to read the book.

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