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Flicka

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  • Actors: Tim McGraw
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001U4WEX6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,896 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Whenever I hear of a new horse movie being produced, I feel two mixed emotions - hope and skepticism, at the same time. I love horses, and I love a good horse story, but so many equestrian movies are overly romanticized and juvenilized, probably in anticipation of an audience comprised mostly of horse-crazy, pre-teen girls. And unfortunately, that's exactly the audience this movie would appeal to, and probably the only audience it would appeal to. "Flicka" is loosely based on the classic young adult novel "My Friend Flicka" by Mary O'Hara. Having read the book twice - once in my childhood and again last year when I heard of the upcoming movie - I was curious as to how the film would compare. The book tells the story of 9-year-old Ken McLaughlin, the son of a Wyoming rancher, who desperately wants a horse of his own. However, he is doing dismally in school and repeatedly makes mistakes around the ranch, and his father insists that he must begin demonstrating some personal responsibility. Finally he agrees that Ken can have a horse, in hopes that taking on the care of an animal will help him develop more maturity, but to his dismay, the boy sets his heart on an unmanageable filly he names Flicka, and an intense mental and emotional father-son struggle ensues.

The movie, however, is quite different. While the same basic theme of impulsive, horse-crazy child vs. traditional rancher father is preserved, huge changes have been made to the plotline. The most obvious of these is that the main character has been switched from a 9-year-old boy to a 16-year-old girl. The film begins with the family being notified that Katy (Alison Lohman) is being held back a year in school due to her failure to complete a final essay.
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Teenage Katie (Alison Lohman) grew up on her family's beautiful quarter horse ranch in Montana. She hasn't done well at boarding school and is in big trouble, especially after she brings home a wild mustang that she names "Flicka." Against her father (Tim McGraw)'s orders, she sneaks out at night and tries to tame the horse; when dad finds out, he sells the horse to a rodeo and Katie's heart is broken.

If you're a horse-crazy girl between the ages of 9 and 13, you will absolutely love this movie. Not only is the girl-horse bond strong, but so is the love between Katie and her father, mother, and brother. They are an ideal family and virtue overcomes all odds, as we know it must in a PG-rated movie. It's a simple and wholesome story with no offensive material, although if you're not a horse-loving adolescent, you may find it predictable and only mildly entertaining. Alison Lohman and Tim McGraw give sensitive performances as the headstrong daughter and doting dad, but Maria Bello is too young and glamorous to be convincing as the mother/wife. It's a good film for the target audience, and just in time for little girls to start begging for a horse for Christmas.
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The original Flicka is so much better this one doesn't even compare. The parents in this movie are too young for the kids or the kids are too old for the parents. In the original movie the boy was a 12 year child not an out of control teenage girl. Very Hollywood.
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This is not really a review, but more of a complaint. Why does Hollywood insist on using a familiar name even when the story is changed beyond anything remotely resembling the original story? This has happened time and again. I go to a movie thinking I'm going to see the original story, and oops, guess what? It's changed so much I don't recognize it.
Flicka was originally called My Friend Flicka and the orignal horse was a sorrel, not a black. The original character was a 10-year-old boy, not a female teenager. The ranch was located in southern Wyoming. The original story may be dated some, but that's no excuse to change it so much. The orignal movie starred Roddy McDowell as Ken, the original character. Go back to the original movie if you must, but please quit changing stories so you don't recognize them.
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I got this because I am a new Tim McGraw fan. It was a good family movie, action packed, just enough drama for us chicks, and we enjoyed watching it. We used to have 3 horses, so watching these beautiful creatures run around provided sheer enjoyment in itself.
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From what I remember from the oringinal Flicka movie of years ago with Roddy McDowell this bears little resemblance to tnat. However on it's own merits I liked this story of a typical family with teenagers. The daughter had the great love of a wild but eventually tamed horse known as Flicka. What daughter & horse each had to experience with crisises was worth my time to watch. I liked it very much. Tim McGrath did a very good performance.
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Although many folks my age can remember Roddy McDowall and his friend, Flicka, put aside that memory as if it never happened. Now, get this DVD and watch it. The beauty of the scenery, the majesty of the horses and the love of this family will keep you riveted on the edge of your seat the whole time! (Thank goodness for the pause button, just in case of a needed bathroom break!) I urge one and all, horse lovers, Tim McGraw fans and just plain all of you to get this film as part of your DVD library and do not lend it out! You will probably never get it back--it is that good!
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