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Return to Snowy River

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Occasionally violent sequel emphasizes love over status.

Movie PG 1988 99 minutes
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This sequel feels a bit unnecessary. It's no surprise that producer Geoff Burrowes decided to follow up his successful original with a sequel, especially considering how popular the Australian-themed Crocodile Dundee was in the mid-'80s. But while it's good to see the self-made Jim return to his Snowy River home to settle down and ask lovely Jessica to be his wife, the loss of Kirk Douglas as Harrison (or Spur) is disappointing. Dennehy is a fine actor, but he doesn't compare to Douglas as the opinionated and occasionally cruel Harrison, and sadly there is no Spur at all.

Alistair, the villain of the sequel, is an obnoxious, self-entitled rich heir who can't stand that a woman would choose a "nobody" like Jim over him. Naturally it's a pleasure to watch Jim prove he's far worthier of Jessica's affections than the bratty Alistair, but some of the scenes are so overwrought and sentimental, the movie drags a bit in the middle. But as the tension builds into an inevitable face-off between Jim and Alistair, there's never a question of who the victor needs to be.

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