A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
To deal with life-changing, tragic events one must be resilient, courageous, determined, able to accept help from others. "We don't always choose what happens to us, but we do get to choose what we do next." Accepting reality of situation is crucial but shouldn't be defeating. "Give up, give in, and then give it your all."
Positive Role Models
Heroic young woman struggles to adapt to incapacitating injury. Ultimately, she utilizes all resources at hand, is resolute and brave, works hard to achieve challenging goals she has set for herself. Adult characters are supportive, loving, wise, committed, consistent. Ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Dreadful vehicle accident results in life-altering injuries; bloody wounds, anguishing pain. Accident is repeated in flashback. Rehab results in some falls.
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Products & Purchases
Classic Equine equipment, Ford, Apple.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Walk. Ride. Rodeo. is an inspirational tale based on the true story of teen Amberley Snyder (Spencer Locke), a promising rodeo competitor who suffered a severe spinal cord injury in an auto accident. The movie portrays her recovery, both physical and emotional, as well as her journey back to participation in the sport she loves. Snyder fully took part in making the movie, including doing all of the stunt riding herself. Snyder's fateful auto accident is depicted graphically -- and repeated in flashback -- and includes a rollover, seeing the vehicle airborne, bloody injuries, and severe pain. The scenes of the girl's rehabilitation are also intense as she struggles to make her body work again. Language is limited to "hell," and there's some kissing. Lots of encouraging messages are incorporated into the movie about holding fast to goals, acceptance of adversity, and the value of committed parental involvement. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A feisty, true-life heroine and beautiful horses offset this predictable message-driven story about accepting adversity and the power of determination and courage. Solid performances balance some of the rockier ones, and the efforts to create an honest re-enactment (guided by Amberley Snyder) are admirable. Stories like hers deserve to be told, and what makes Walk. Ride. Rodeo. special is the awareness that Snyder does all of the stunt riding herself. Snyder, seat-belted in the saddle (sadly she wasn't wearing such a belt when the truck overturned), insisted on riding because the method she's adapted is unique and couldn't be imitated by anyone. Fine for family viewing, especially for girls who love horses and stories about good people who "give up, give in, and give it their all."
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