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Fresh Horses

3.5 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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Passion knows no limit for Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy in the provocative romantic drama, FRESH HORSES. After Matt Larkin (McCarthy) announces his engagement to a beautiful debutante, his best friend takes him off to the country for one last bachelor bash at the home of a friend (Patti D' Arbanville). There Matt meets Jewel (Molly Ringwald), and is immediately attracted to her rare, sensual beauty and simple rural ways. Although Matt and Jewel have little in common, they are drawn to one another and begin a passionate relationship that unites their very different worlds- and blows apart Matt's previously "safe" existence forever.

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  • Actors: Viggo Mortensen, Patti D'Arbanville, Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Ben Stiller
  • Directors: David Anspaugh
  • Producers: Richard Berg, Allan Marcil
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001AVZ9O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,112 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fresh Horses" on IMDb

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Fresh Horses, on paper, would have seemed to have been a perfect hit script. You had Molly Ringwald, with her porcelain skin and delicately curly red-blonde hair. You had Andrew McCarthy with his boyish charm but also the male strength beginning to come through. You had a romantic triangle. You had the "class divide". The Brat Pack was loved by millions. How could this fail?

The problem really does seem to come down to the actors themselves. There's very little "energy" at all to this story which is supposedly about passion overcoming logic. Molly is a 16 yr old girl in rural Kentucky. When her stepfather begins fondling her, and her mother does little to help, Molly tries for the only escape she can find - marrying the older bad-man-in-town, Viggo Mortensen. She claims she never slept with Viggo - only used him for escape. Then Viggo's father began fondling her, and now she wants out of this house as well.

To get momentary relief from her homelife, she hangs out at a friend's home, which is a 24 hour party. Here she runs into Andrew. Andrew is a very serious student who has just gotten engaged to his high-class, wealthy girlfriend. The girlfriend rambles on and on about china patterns, having children and living the perfect life. Andrew goes with the flow until he sees Molly - and is instantly in lust. Molly leads him to believe she's 20, single, and interested in him. It takes maybe 3 days before he's sleeping with her. To his credit, he does tell his fiancee promptly, and breaks off the engagement.

You'd think everything was wonderful now, right? However, Andrew learns from friends about Molly's lies. He decides to keep seeing her anyway. However, he doesn't want to introduce her to his family, and has no intention of marrying her.
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I have been a fan of this movie for many years since its release. When I decided to purchase, I was surprised to see such negative reviews. Granted its not necessarily Oscar quality material. But, the cinematic backdrop is interesting and goes a long way to lend great atmosphere to the story. I think McCarthy and Ringwald do a good job with the acting. It's not hard to understand why Larkin (McCarthy) falls for Jewel (Ringwald ) right off the bat, Ringwald imbues her character with a palpable steamy sensuality in their first meeting. Mortensen (Green) is convincing as the low life "husband" of Jewel. It's also interesting to see an early role for Ben Stiller, especially if you are a fan. I can't agree that ... is wasted on this movie. In fact, I wish it were available in DVD format. The story ending has a heart-rending quality that has stayed with me through the years since I first viewed this movie.
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All of these bad reviews confuse a movie they didn't like with a badly made movie. This is a very well made movie, with perfectly competent performances. The tone is quite serious, and the ending won't cheer anyone up. But then there are many people who loved Titanic, which I found utterly depressing. More to the point, though, who cares about the problems of these rich kids? Not me. The REAL reason to watch this is to see Molly Ringwald at her most beautiful. And if you enjoy this film, check out Less Than Zero, another gloomy but solid (& underrated) '80s film. The WORST '80s film is Bright Lights, Big City - don't say I didn't warn you!
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This is, perhaps, the most unintelligible picture I have everseen. The story is dull and uneventful, but that doesn't make it anyeasier to understand.
Andrew McCarthy is Matt, a wealthy college student betrothed to a pristine debutante. When his friend (Ben Stiller) invites him out visit a wild new friend (Patti D'Arbanville), he meets a mysterious girl named Jewel (Molly Ringwald). From the outset, Matt is smitten and Jewel is unimpressed. Days later, Matt drops his fiancee and confesses his love to Jewel. While her interest is waning, Jewel is overwhelmed by his affections and the two begin a passionate affair. Then, Matt discovers Jewel is married, underage and in an abusive relationship. He is in over his head and he briefly begins to alienate himself from Jewel. They reunite quickly, but, shortly thereafter, Matt discovers a devasting revelation: Jewel may have been raped by a handful of men while her husband looked on. Now, there seems to be little hope for either of them to find happiness.
Contrary to popular belief, Molly Ringwald is first-rate in an unexpected role change. In one particularly magnetic scene, Ringwald as Jewel reveals she began smoking as an infant, when her twisted parents held cigarettes to her mouth to watch her inhale. It is Jewel's riveting vulnerability that makes the scene unforgettable. Andrew McCarthy, however, is entirely unlikable as the spoiled Matt, and we never understand his character's obsession for Jewel, nor do we understand his compulsive need to correct her improper speech.
The reason this film misfires in so many ways is that the script is wildly incoherent. Because the relationship isn't motivated by sexual desire, there is no potential for suspense a la "The Postman Always Rings Twice.
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