The Greening of Whitney Brown

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

So-so tween riches-to-rags story has positive lesson.

PG 2011 87 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 11+

Iffy

The grandpa uses the word "damn" at one point, and the kids were embarrassed by the overly long scene of the parents lying in bed together cuddling. I didn't like the shallow interactions between the middle school girls. The rest of the movie was ok, though. Not great, but ok.
age 8+

Not as Bad as Some Critics Say.

The film follows a familiar cinematic formula: a spoiled, self-centered, irritating big city girl, moves to a rural location where she gradually becomes less irritating, more likeable, and finally lovable. Usually there is a horse involved in the change and in this film it is a very unusual horse, a Gpysy Vanner, that has to be seen to be appreciated. What a horse. His Name is Bob. Bob and Whitney become best friends and then embark on an adventure that includes some laughably implausible events, such as Whitney jumping from galloping Bob's back and through the open doors of a fast moving freight train. Kids, don't try that at home! Overall, I think critics have been too hard on this movie, both for the implausible story line, and for Whitney's personality. My opinion is that the young actress who plays Whitney, exudes so much energy and charisma that it's hard not to like her even when she seems wrapped up in her "queen bee" role at her big city Middle School. When she becomes an outcast at her new rural school it's impossible not to siympathize with her. Kris Krisstoferson reprises his grumpy grandpa role from "Dreamer" and adds an anchor to a story that is a bit over the top. But hey, it's a kids' movie, and I have seen much worse.

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