Call me corny, but I love a good horse movie. I rarely miss them and have seen many of them multiple times from the 1944 classic National Velvet through the decades--Misty of Chincoteague (1961), The Black Stallion (1979), The Man from Snowy River (1982)--to last year's documentary Buck.
One the newest additions is Flicka: Country Pride, starring Clint Black, Lisa Hartman Black, and Kacey Rohl, which is just out on Blu-ray and DVD. Although the movie is geared to families and is somewhat predictable, it has depth to it and avoids being sappy.
Lindy and Kelly are on their own trying to keep their riding stable and dressage equestrian club up and running. Kelly has been putting on a good front, pretending not to mind that she no longer competes because she has to help her mother tend to the horses. When Toby arrives to manage the stables, he brings several horses with him, including Flicka, a spirited Mustang. Has Lindy hired Toby in time to save the family farm?
Flicka: Country Pride definitely satisfied the horse lover in me; the riding scenes held my attention and the animals were beautiful. Kelly's story involves coming to terms with the hardships in her life and learning to open herself up again to friendship and young love. Other themes are jealousy, mother-daughter relationships, and trust. In addition, there is a strong message of the satisfaction one gets from hard work and trying, no matter what the outcome.
The DVD/BluRay contains several bonus features, including a featurette on Clint Black and a music video. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has released the DVD/BluRay edition exclusively at Walmart and Sam's Club.
I couldn't find a movie trailer, but here is a short video about the film.
Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment for the review copy.