Flicka 2 parents guide

Flicka 2 Parent Guide

Overall A-

Carrie McLaughlin (Tammin Sursok) isn't very happy when she is forced to leave the city to live with her estranged father (Patrick Warburton) on his ranch in Wyoming. Then the rebellious teen meets another soul as restless as her own in a wild mustang named Flicka.

Violence B+
Sexual Content A-
Profanity A
Substance Use A-

Why is Flicka 2 rated PG? The MPAA rated Flicka 2 PG for some reckless behavior.

Run Time: 96 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Carrie McLaughlin (Tammin Sursok) is a big city girl accustomed to lots of independence and getting around on her skateboard. (She’s especially speedy if she can hitch onto a car’s back bumper.) Yet her whole world changes after her aging grandmother is deemed an unfit guardian.

Sent to live with her estranged father Hank (Patrick Warburton) in Wyoming, the urban kid is anything but pleased with her new rural surroundings. As her Dad has more experience with horses than children, he is inclined to keep Carrie as tightly reined in as an unbroken filly. And running away isn’t likely when the only transportation available has four hooves.

Feeling fenced in, the angry teen finds an unexpected kindred spirit in the form of a feisty black mustang. Along with a desire to break free, she and the mare also share a sense of homelessness. Flicka is obliged to accept Hank’s hospitality because her former owner Katy (Hank’s niece) headed off to vet school after her father (Hank’s brother) sold their land. (This explanation bridges this sequel with its forerunning movie Flicka.)

The unusual bond between the animal and the girl is further strengthened after Flicka steps between Carrie and harm’s way, leaving the horse with a leg injury. Thanks to some parental advice from a trusted ranch hand (played by country music singer Clint Black), Hank gives his daughter the job of caring for the wounded mustang.

This responsibility, along with a battery of chores (including shoveling manure, collecting eggs without arising the ire of a protective rooster, and walking a flatulent dog), begins to connect the city slicker with her foreign environment. Also helpful is an introduction to Jake (Reilly Dolman), a handsome youth hired on for the season, who offers to teach Carrie to ride Flicka.

However, the tendency to trespass their boundaries and rebel against rules continues to be a problem for both the miss and the mustang. Certain of these infractions result in the two being separated from each other. When further mishaps lead to threats against the horse’s life, Carrie is willing to take desperate measures to protect her best friend.

Like the Mary O’Hara novel it is based upon, Flicka 2 (releasing directly to home video) expresses a love for the amazing creatures that defined the American west. Beautiful cinematography frames this story which addresses mending hearts and repairing family relationships, while demonstrating that a wild spirit may be tamed—but should never be broken.

Starring Patrick Warburton, Clint Black, Tammin Sursok, Reilly Dolman. Running time: 96 minutes. Updated

Flicka 2
Rating & Content Info

Why is Flicka 2 rated PG? Flicka 2 is rated PG by the MPAA for some reckless behavior.

Flicka 2 carries on the tale of the high-spirited mustang, but transports the horse to a different setting and a new family. Carrie loves to skateboard and engages in reckless stunts, like tailgating on busy city streets. Rebellion fuels her disregard of rules and regulations, which leads to telling lies, sneaking out at night, trespassing and stealing. An animal’s life is in jeopardy from perilous situations (including snakebite) and is threatened with being "put down." A character is thrown from and then rolled over by a horse. A brief scene in a TV show portrays a man getting tackled and punched. Cowboys are shown drinking from bottles (although the beverage appears to be beer, no depictions of drunkenness are shown.) An overweight dog has a flatulence problem. Farm animals frighten a character. A woman is nearly hit by a car. A teen couple kisses.

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Flicka 2 Parents' Guide

Hank approaches Carrie the same way he would handle a feisty filly. In what ways is childrearing similar to handling horses? In what ways is it different? How does Carrie respond?

What is the difference between taming an animal and breaking its spirit? What do both Carrie and Flicka need in order to rein in their rebellion?

Click here to learn more about Mustang horses and their connection to America’s wild west.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Flicka 2 movie is May 4, 2010. Here are some details…

Release Date: May 4, 2010

Flicka 2 releases directly to home video on DVD. The movie is presented in widescreen, with audio tracks in 5.1 Dolby Digital (English) and Dolby Surround (French and Spanish), with subtitles in English and Spanish. Bonus features include:

- A Conversation With Clint Black

- Running Wild: The North American Mustang

- Making Flicka 2

- Horsin’ Around

Flicka 2 also releases in a Combo Pack featuring Flicka and Flicka 2.

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Stories about girls and their horses abound. If you love these creatures too, look for these movie titles: Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story, Man From Snowy River, Moondance Alexander and Virginia’s Run.