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Storm Rider

Horse drama deals with heavy themes of family separation.
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Storm Rider espouses positive messages about family, loyalty, community, and forgiveness.

Positive role models

One parental character is verbally abusive and often hostile toward her child, but the majority of adult characters are largely present, engaged, and concerned. Characters are generally well developed and exhibit relatable positive and negative attributes.


There's brief peril when a man and boy's plane goes missing during a storm. The two are shown injured and bleeding, but both recover. Additionally, a group of people are pursued by wolves in the mountains.


A teenage boy and girl court, go on a date, and almost kiss a couple times, and then later they kiss passionately for a moment.


One reference to a person and an animal as a "jackass."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Storm Rider's premise involves a remarried family splitting up due to a father's criminal charges and impending prison sentence and involves a daughter visiting her father in prison and staying with a relative. Overall the film delivers positive messages about perseverance and commitment, but these challenges contribute to heavier themes that make this film best for older kids.

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What's the story?

When Dani's (Danielle Chuchran) father is sent to jail for securities fraud, she's forced to sell her beloved horse Admiral, separate from her half-brother Jordan, and move out to the sticks to live with a relative. At first, it appears she's lost everything. But with the help of her Uncle Sam (Kevin Sorbo), his friend Jody (Kristy Swanson), and a gift of a mule to train, Dani develops a new sense of the meaning of family, community, and loyalty.

Is it any good?


STORM RIDER is a heartfelt drama set in an idyllic, rustic backdrop that explores family struggles through a strong-willed female lead character. It shows positive mentoring and strong messages about family, loyalty, and perseverance. Unfortunately, the overwrought score means it's exceptionally heavy-handed, even when it doesn't have to be, which gives it a sentimentality that drips with every turn. Plus, the imprisoned father and separated family give this an overall heavy theme. Kids will appreciate the horse- and mule-training and the countryside, and parents can appreciate the positive depictions of outdoor activities, goal-setting, honoring commitments, and the way families can recombine in adversity for the better.  

Families can talk about...

  • Parents can talk about different forms a family can take. What are different types of families you know? How would you describe your family?

  • How are different breeds of horses treated in the film? How is their treatment related to their perceived intelligence?

  • Perseverance is an important theme in the movie. Do you know what perseverance means? What are examples you've seen of you or someone in your life persevering?

Movie details

DVD/Streaming release date:October 22, 2013
Cast:Kevin Sorbo, Kristy Swanson, Danielle Chuchran, C. Thomas Howell
Director:Craig Clyde
Studio:Arc Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Friendship, Horses and farm animals
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG

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Teen, 14 years old Written byparicesmith June 12, 2016

the storm rider

I think that the film storm rider should be based at children who are twelve and up because it involves some kissing and a daughter goes to visit her dad in jail
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models