Reviewed by: Melisa Pollock
|Featuring:||Alison Lohman, Tim McGraw, Ryan Kwanten, Maria Bello, Danny Pino|
|Producer:||Gil Netter, Kevin Halloran|
|Distributor:||Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation|
The movie “Flicka” is an adaptation of the well-loved book My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara.
Katie McLaughlin (Alison Lohman), daughter of rancher Rob McLaughlin (Tim McGraw) appears to be somewhat rebellious, a very headstrong teenager. Rob and Nell McLaughlin want the best for their daughter. With hopes and dreams of college for Katie, they have always sent Katie to an exclusive private school where she’ll get the best possible education. Katie on the other hand is a dreamer, and her dreams are of life on the ranch, of the horses. She sits in class daydreaming, and her studies and grades reflect her lack of effort. While home for the summer, she rises very early each morning before the family awakes and sneaks out of the house to go riding alone.
On one such ride, she encounters a wild mustang. At the very first glance between girl and horse, Katie feels a kindred spirit. Katie sees within Flicka, almost a reflection of herself: wild, headstrong, rebellious on the surface; but deep within, so much more. So begins the tale of “Flicka”.
Those who have read the book My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara will want to keep in mind that this movie is an “adaptation” of the book, meaning, that while the basic story plot is the same, there are many differences in the movie and the book. The overall plot is the same, and you will easily recognize many scenes, but there are some key differences also.
The movie was good. There was very little to be concerned about morally. As for violence or language in the film, both were very minimal, almost nonexistent. The primary concern for parents will be the insolence, rebellion, and disrespect/disregard of authority by some of the characters in the film.
Overall, the film was very good. In my opinion, they did a good job of staying within the bounds of what a family film should be. I enjoyed the film and recommend it for all ages.
The scenery in this movie is absolutely gorgeous, a beautiful display of God’s handiwork. The New Living Translation, Romans 1:20 says, “From the time the world was created, people have seen the Earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God.” If you do not know the Lord, I urge you to make the decision and take the step to come to know Him as Your personal Lord and Savior. There is no time like the present, and it is the best decision you will ever make.
May the Lord bless you all. Thank you for reading.
Violence: Minor / Profanity: Minor / Sex/Nudity: None