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Moondance Alexander

Moondance Alexander (Kay Panabaker) has a personality as unusual as her first name. Unable to make friends at school, she finds a kindred spirit in an equally lonely pinto pony. But in order to ride, she must charm the horse's withdrawn owner (Don Johnson) and convince her over-protective mother (Lori Laoughlin) it is safe. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Theater Release: 18 Oct 2007
Video Release: 28 Apr 2008
MPAA Rating: G
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Although we don’t know what they are, Dante admits to making some bad choices in his past that have soiled his reputation in the horse-jumping arena. What kind of decisions can be difficult to live down? How does one go about restoring his or her good name?

What does Moondance learn about individuality? How does her experience with Checkers improve her self-confidence? What part does hard work and perseverance play in a person’s self-esteem?

In what other ways does Moondance grow during the film? How does her relationship with her mother change?

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