A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Strong friendships are a source of strength and comfort for Zoe and her peers, but some of the teens have selfish motivations at heart and suffer consequences as a result. A new friendship evolves, and Zoe and her new boyfriend learn the value of honest communication. When faced with a difficult choice, the teens opt to safeguard a secret to protect the integrity of their island home.
Positive Role Models
Zoe is loyal, kind, open to new relationships. She values honesty and holds herself to a high standard, which is reflected in the company she keeps. Some characters, including Mia and Callum, act on their selfishness.
Violence & Scariness
In one scene, a landmine explodes after teens narrowly escape the area.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
This Valentine's Day special involves several teen couples in the early stages of their relationships. There's a lot of talk about crushes and dating, but just one instance of kissing.
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Products & Purchases
This holiday special is part of the Free Rein series.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Free Rein: Valentine's Day is a holiday special from the family-friendly British drama series Free Rein. The story involves multiple romantic relationships between teens, but there's more focus on sweet expressions of affection than on physical contact. Zoe and her friends are excellent examples of kindness and loyalty, but other characters act on selfishness and egotism, which gets them into trouble. There are some tense moments when teens discover an active landmine and have to craft a plan to escape unharmed, but on the whole, this is a worry-free story that will delight Free Rein fans.
Is It Any Good?
This sweet holiday special is all about love, but not entirely in the traditional sense. Zoe's new relationship with Pin helps set up and close out the story, and other teens pair off in couples as well, but most of the focus is on the love that's shared among friends. Zoe, Becky (Kerry Ingram), and Jade (Manpreet Bambra) are the best of friends, and newcomer Gaby (Charlotte Jordan) is slowly finding her niche in the group. These are the relationships that prove most integral to the story and its eventual happy ending.
As for Zoe and her actual Valentine, there are some heartwarming developments as Pin opens up about himself and she starts to understand him better as a result. As teen romance on-screen goes, Free Rein: Valentine's Day's innocuous presentation paints a pretty mild picture of the construct, which is great news for the show's younger viewers.
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