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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy-Cute
If you're in the mood for something light and cheesy, then this might be for you. Ida is a 12 year old girl who uses the rodeo to look for the father she's never met. Along the way, she gets recruited by the Oklahoma Rodeo Sweethearts. There's some romance (Hello, Jackson Rathbone!) between one of the Sweethearts and a rodeo cowboy, there's some trick-horse riding, and...
Published on October 4, 2012 by Chalkingham

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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute for Kids
This was a good movie for a seven year old - and cute enough for an adult to watch as well. Held our joint interest and had a good message.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy-Cute, October 4, 2012
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If you're in the mood for something light and cheesy, then this might be for you. Ida is a 12 year old girl who uses the rodeo to look for the father she's never met. Along the way, she gets recruited by the Oklahoma Rodeo Sweethearts. There's some romance (Hello, Jackson Rathbone!) between one of the Sweethearts and a rodeo cowboy, there's some trick-horse riding, and there's even some country line dancing. This isn't a heavy-hitting Oscar winner, but it really is a sweet movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cowgirls and Angels, April 7, 2013
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This was a great movie!
We throughly enjoyed it!
A must see!
This movie is good for families to watch also.
It's clean with no bad language or sex scenes.
Just goes to show you that the producers don't need to have violence, sex and bad language in a movie for it to be good! A good story line is what makes a good movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great cast carries a good story though the script could've used more work, April 13, 2014
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Directed by Timothy Armstrong, who also co-wrote the script with Stephan Blinn, Cowgirls & Angels is a sweet little indie film about a young girl growing up in Oklahoma who joins a touring group of women rodeo trick-riders in order to search for the father she's never known. It's surprisingly good for what it is, mostly because of a very talented cast whose performances give the film some real heart. While it's aimed mainly at a younger audience, it's done well enough that viewers of any age can enjoy it, the kind of movie you can share with your kids.

Ida (Bailee Madison) is a twelve-year-old girl living with her single working mother in a small town in Oklahoma. She's never seen her father, and the only things she knows about him are that he worked with the rodeo, that her mother says he was an irresponsible no-account who left when Ida was born, and that his first name was Walker, which she only learned by looking through her mother's things and finding an old post card that he sent her. Frustrated by her mother's refusal to talk about her father, and by the fact that her mother is seldom around because she has to work all the time to support the two of them, Ida starts hanging out at the rodeo when it comes to town. A chance encounter with a group of young female trick-riders called the Sweethearts of the Rodeo ends up giving Ida an opportunity to join up with them and go on tour, which she sees as a chance to find her father, believing that he has to be out there somewhere on the rodeo circuit.

It is the fine cast that really makes the movie. Bailee Madison (veteran of a lot of television, most notably Once Upon A Time and Trophy Wife) is charmingly engaging as Ida, carrying the heart of the film on her very expressive face. James Cromwell (Babe, American Horror Story) is perfect as Terence, the aging rodeo veteran and owner (and father-figure) of the Sweethearts of the Rodeo, who sees Ida's potential and gives her a chance to learn trick-riding. Kathleen Rose Perkins (NCIS: Los Angeles, Enough Said) is effective as Rebecca, Ida's well-meaning but stretched-too-thin single mom who's trying her best. Jackson Rathbone (Twilight, Avatar: The Last Airbender) does a nice turn as Justin, an amiable rodeo cowboy who takes a romantic interest in one of the Sweethearts. Frankie Faison (Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, The Wire) gives some extra depth as Augustus, Terence's chief assistant who's also a lay rodeo preacher. It also helps that a number of the Sweethearts are actual rodeo performers, giving the film a realistic feel it might not otherwise have had.

That said, however, I do feel that the film does have some short-comings, most of which stem from the script, which could've benefited from some more work. For one thing, there are moments in the film that require the viewer to suspend disbelief somewhat. This usually involves things happening not because it's what people would do in real life but because the script demands it in order to move forward, which ends up diminishing the characters' believability. Mostly this comes in the form of things happening that just seem too convenient and make Ida's path to joining the Sweethearts easier than it would've been in real life. If Armstrong and Blinn had spent more time on the script, they could've overcome this and made the characters' actions more natural and believable. The other short-coming comes in the form of "message moments" where the message is laid on a bit too thick and a lighter touch would've been more effective. At a guess, the message moments were probably Blinn's, given that all of his previous work as a writer was in low budget religious-themed films.

On the plus side though, most of the script works on a heart-felt level, and the way that they resolved Ida's search for her father was both surprising and yet completely believable, and very well done all in all.

It's worth noting that this is Timothy Armstrong's first time as director and writer of a feature film. Prior to Cowboys & Angels, Armstrong's experience was largely limited to work on three "The Wheels on the Bus" children's videos. I say this both to give some context to the occasional short-comings of the script and to give credit that this first effort shows definite promise. It says something that Cowgirls & Angels evidently did well enough that he's written and directed a sequel of sorts - Dakota's Summer, due out later this year - though this new film deals with different characters.

Recommended as well worth checking out and particularly worth watching with your kids.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Movie, May 30, 2013
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Good clean family film. Very inspiring message of hope and forgiveness. This little girl will steal your heart! I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Granddaughter loves this, February 21, 2013
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My granddaughter and her friends love this movie. They have watched it over and over. I am sure this will happen again. My granddaughter shows it to as many of her friends as she can. I think this purchase was very worthwhile.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good family movie!, February 7, 2014
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A friend of ours, Haley Ganzel, was in this movie and I was so excited to get to see it. After we watched it, we lent it to our son so his family could watch it. After that, a friend wants to borrow it, so it's been a very appreciated purchase! Now we're waiting for the next one, Dakota Summer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, July 8, 2014
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Good family entertainment. Really enjoyed by 11yr. old niece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must see, June 12, 2014
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What a very special story very well played out a def watch wish we had.more movies like this one !!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, March 11, 2014
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Awesome movie watched it twice my niece just loves it. It's a very good family movie. I would recommend this
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, February 21, 2014
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Would recommend as a family movie that was enjoyable to watch. Story kept your interest throughout and moved along well.
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