Parents' Guide to

Running Wild

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Horse drama pushes agenda but is still heartwarming.

Movie PG 2017 89 minutes
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age 3+

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age 3+

This movie is a complete fiction!

This movie is another one of the prop movies from the enemies of the wild horses; ranchers, BLM! If Wild Horses are "starving out in the range it is because they have been intentionally fenced off by the greedy welfare ranchers, from their rightful domain. Please don't drink their "cool aide"! the alleged "over population" is a complete myth. Today there is less then 20 000 Free Roaming Mustangs left on the range. They have been exploited, and managed for extinction, by the very agency that was trusted with their protection! It is a mortal shame because these animals were chosen by the American people to be their "Symbols of Freedom"!

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Despite the filmmakers' overtly anti-activist agenda, this drama is well acted and has a couple of surprisingly empowering messages about women and even prison rehabilitation. There are really several stories rolled into one in Running Wild: One is the framing story in which Stella, whom Brown plays charmingly, havs to find her own way after her dead husband all but loses the family ranch. Second is the tale of the prison rehab program about the inmates allowed to work on the ranch. And third is the plot's politically motivated arc about the extremist activist who cares more about horses than people. There's also a slight romantic subplot between Stella and Brannon, but that takes a backseat to the ranch saving and self empowerment themes.

With decent production values and talented actors, Running Wild is like a Lifetime movie that happens to be produced by a conservative billionaire who thinks animal rights activists are fringe extremists trying to curb freedom. On the surface, the story makes sense, because Stone's character is misguided, misleading, and misinformed. She's willing to lie, cheat, and bribe her way to get what she wants (the mustangs' freedom), and she doesn't seem to grasp that wild horse overpopulation is a serious problem. Of course, by the end of the movie, justice prevails, but somehow the message isn't quite as heavy handed as it was in The Dog Lover. Still, it's important to know that even though the movie clearly has heart, it was definitely made with an agenda.

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