Parents' Guide to

Walk. Ride. Rodeo.

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Inspiring true story of teen recovering from severe injury.

Movie NR 2019 100 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 7+

Great movie & message with some language and unsettling, realistic scenes to be aware of with younger/sensitive viewers

The crash and subsequent flashback scenes are very visually and auditorily realistic, so most kids and sensitive viewers will need to be prepped for them ahead of time. The review says that language is limited to “butt” and an instance of “hell”, but there is definitely at least one “d-mn” (possibly more) in a main conversation. The nurse says to Amberley that she’s about to lose her d*** mind after she leaves Tuck’s room. It was very much in passing, but still worth noting in case you want to watch this movie with certain audiences where it might be an issue (like in classes or youth groups). Overall, we really enjoyed this movie. It’s a great story of overcoming negative circumstances with a can-do attitude and a lot of hard work. Amberley is really an inspiration.
age 12+

Engaging movie

My daughter and I really enjoyed this movie. My daughter loves horses and horse riding. But I would never have watched this movie with her when she was younger because the message would have missed the mark. Also, the hospital operation room scenes made her look away. The main character goes through all stages of human suffering (victimhood, anger, striving for wellbeing, fear) and learns that she has the power to deal with them differently. Which is a good message for sure.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (5 ):

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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