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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Looking outside yourself and finding someone or something else to care about and nurture can teach you responsibility and self reliance. Sometimes you have to break the rules for the sake of something really important. Don't judge people too harshly and try to give them the benefit of the doubt.
Positive Role Models
Sloane starts out as spoiled and engages in risky behavior, mostly at the urging of her boyfriend. But she becomes a good model of empathy and perseverance after bonding with a horse no one can ride. Dylan is an ideal love interest who's supportive, loyal, and wants Sloane to value herself for who she is. Sebastian is a negative model of a boyfriend, always pressuring Sloane to do things that aren't right, if not also illegal. Sloane's dad is loving but stern, especially as Sloane's behavior worsens. Lily is a supportive and caring parental figure. Sloane's relationship to her stepmom is tense, but Sloane learns she has good qualities and there's a hope that they'll start getting along.
Mostly White cast with a few people of color in the background or as characters in one scene. A White tween co-opts rap culture and later mimics high academic achievement in stereotypical ways.
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Violence & Scariness
A girl pushes a boy away after an unwanted kiss. Talk about what will become of the unrideable horse after it's sold that implies it will be put down.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple of kisses. A married couple kiss and snuggle.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens go to a bar and get caught trying to sneak alcohol out of the bar. A teen drinks from a bottle in a paper bag and suggests reckless and dangerous activities. A designated driver doesn't drink, and the main character doesn't drink. Consequences have to do with the plot, like being sent to stay somewhere else for a week or so.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Saving Sloane is a coming-of-age movie about a teen who bonds with a horse no one can ride. The only content of concern is some teen drinking with risky behavior (although there are consequences) and a few mild kisses. The strongest language is one use of "butt," and the only violence is a push after an unwanted kiss. There's some brief but vague talk about what will become of the unrideable horse after it's sold that implies it will be put down. A White tween co-opts rap culture and later mimics high academic achievement in stereotypical ways. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Shallow characters, mediocre acting, and a script that plods from one predictable event to the next may keep even the most avid horse lovers from enjoying this movie. Tweens who can handle the depictions of teen drinking and who haven't already seen or read this basic story a million times might enjoy Saving Sloane, but viewers much older than that are unlikely to find much to like. Sloane's not a very relatable character, and in fact, pretty much all the characters come across as types instead of real people. The timing of some events is confusing, and there's a half-baked subplot that magically resolves itself for no believable reason. With so many quality choices out there for horse lovers, this one doesn't offer much reason to spend time on it.
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