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Tommy and the Cool Mule

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Feel-good talking mule movie deals with parental loss.

Movie PG 2009 94 minutes
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TOMMY AND THE COOL MULE has a down-home, simple vibe to it, with kids and parents played by actors who, for the most part, look kid-like and not actor-like. But more importantly, in spite of a premise that involves a head injury and a talking mule, it depicts adolescent concerns and the pressures teens face in a fairly believable and age-appropriate manner. Though it's mostly a boy-centric movie, it shows girls who ride horses well and a sibling who mostly tries to get along with his sister, all with none of the typically underhanded messages about what boys or girls can (or can't) do.

Kids will enjoy the horse-wrangling, conversing, and the realistic portrayals of peer pressure. And parents will appreciate the low-key, but realistic, resolution. It isn't anything groundbreaking, but overall, the movie has a good heart, where no one is ridiculously evil, or cartoonishly pure, and everything turns out just fine.

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