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Parents' Guide to

Spirit Untamed

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

So-so story, strong girls in upbeat horse adventure; peril.

Movie PG 2021 88 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 10+

Movie looks good but not recommended for under 10

Story is underwhelming and typical. The main character doesn't listen to her dad. Puts herself into dangerous situations with no adults in sight. Sneaks out of the house and stays out all night while her dad worries. There was a message about treating animals with respect but that's it.
1 person found this helpful.
age 12+

Bad main character role model making dangerous decisions

This movie has alot of violence and scary bits. In one scene one of the villains tries to hit the main character lucky with a crow bar. Lucky put herself and others in multiple dangerous situations with out consulting adults. She lies to her dad and also disobey him buy going to do exactly what he tells her not to do which is going to and riding an untamed horse. I get that this is the movie but she never gets in trouble for disobeying him. Makes lucky feel like she can make her own rules and obey the one she chooses. She is not a good role model. It's a shame because the movie had potential.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (12 ):

Horse-loving kids will enjoy this predictably sweet story about a trio of plucky girls in the Old West who defy the odds to save a pack of wild horses. Directors Elaine Bogan and Ennio Torresan's tale is part origin story for Lucky and Spirit, part "road trip" adventure (if you replace "road" with "horseback"), and part obvious setup for more about Lucky, her newfound best friends, and their horses in the little town of Miradero. There's plenty in Spirit Untamed for kids to enjoy: the horses, the vast animated frontier landscapes, the girls' daredevil personalities (particularly Lucky and Abigail; Pru usually serves as the voice of reason), and the silly duo of Abigail's entrepreneurial little brother, Snips (Lucian Perez), and his pet donkey, Señor Carrots. The girls' friendship grows quickly under the circumstances -- and thanks to their mutual affinity for horses. And any movie that includes strong female friendships (that have nothing to do with attracting boys) should be applauded.

Parents, on the other hand, may find themselves slightly underwhelmed at aspects of the plotline, particularly the lost opportunity to address and provide context around the intentionally diverse group of characters. Lucky's Latinx heritage is all but ignored, beyond the inclusion of a few Spanish words and a couple of early conversations. That aside, the movie is fun for younger audiences, and it will remind viewers about the importance of forming close friendships and strengthening parent-child trust. Parents and kids alike should also dig the soundtrack, which includes Fleet Foxes' "Ragged Wood," Taylor Swift's "Wildest Dreams," and original songs by star Merced.

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