7. Flicka 2006 USA colour U

Also known as: My friend Flicka (USA working title)

BASED ON NOVEL: Mary O' Hara My friend Flicka

Sentimental coming of age drama

WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

From this coming of age drama adventure, (taken from Mary O' Hara novel my friend flicka) comes the most powerful tear jerking bonding relationship, between father and daughter. Our heartwarming tale begins with some narrative dialogue about horses, their freedom and how they feel, an how horses were the first true American pioneers. Rob McLaughlin (Tim Mcgraw) is a very proud hard working family man, who works upon the family ranch alongside his son Howard McLaughlin (Ryan Kwanten) and his workers Gus & Jack, Rob wants his son to take on the family business someday and to become a full time rancher just like him, however the son has other ideas . Katy McLaughlin loves her family home, the ranch, and when she rides Flicka across the vast plains of Wyoming mountains she feels totally free.

It's the end of the school year and Katy (Alison Lohman) has failed to complete an essay assignment for her exam, but can't wait to get back to the families ranch knowing she has to tell her folk the disappointing news. Katy's wishes are to take over the family ranch someday but knowing she is a daughter of a rancher is tough and has to prove herself that she has what it takes to work upon the ranch. During the early hours of the morning Katy decides to take one of the horses out and goes for a ride, to avoid telling her parents about her exam, on her way back Katy encounters an attack face to face with a mountain lion. Thrown clear from her horse she runs for her life, but trips and rolls down the hillside, suddenly from outta nowhere appears this young beautiful black wild mustang who manages to scare the mountain lion away.

Meanwhile back at the house the McLaughlin's have a visit from Norbert (Nick Searcy) after dealing with ranch business, he talks to the McLaughlin's about mustang wild horses which are the next latest craze around. Rob gets into a heated discussion with Norbert and says"he wouldn't want anything to do with those parasites"because of his own pure quarter breeds. Round the breakfast table Jack (Danny Pino) Taunts Howard about his school girlfriend Miranda Koop (Kaylee DeFer) and mocks Gus (Dallas Roberts) Nell McLaughlin (Maria Bello) makes a comment at Jack, everyone begins to laugh. Jack blurts out that Gus thinks Katy is a pretty flicka, poor Gus explains that flicka means young, innocent, pretty girl,was told this by his ma.

Back home Katy tells her parents about the mustang & the mountain lion, her father had no interest in what Katy saw that morning he comes down hard on her about her school exam, waving a letter in fury. Katy was punished she was to help her mother, do her chores, and to complete her assignment for school. Later on Katy sneaks out to try and find the mustang that she saw that morning, so she can protect it from the mountain lion, on seeing the mustang Katy gives chase and tries to lasso it to bring it home for safety, but the mustang was so powerful it pulled her. The mustang run through the field where the quarter breeds were, so Rob gives chase because it was taking the herd with it, and they were heading for the cliff top.

Katy tells her father that she wants to keep the horse, her father tells her that she ain't going to keep the horse, and that no one is to go near it because it's loco and dangerous. Rob and Katy end up having a heated discussion which turned into a row about the mustang. That evening Nell told her daughter a tale of what happend to her when she was three and explains why her father acts the way he dose. Every night Katy would sneak out of the house against her father's wishes to train Flicka, and by day she would work upon the ranch alongside her brother.

Katy felt sad when Howard told her that she could have his horse, because he was leaving the ranch to go to college, and she was the one that was needed to work upon the ranch. A trip ride into town brought another row between father & daughter, Rob was exploring his options to see what he would get if he sold some of his land, Katy was furious with her father for even thinking about it. That night Katy managed to ride Flicka, but Flicka bumped her off, the whole house hold woke up, her father was furious with her, and once more the father and daughter were rowing over Flicka so he decided to give Flicka away to Norbert, Flicka was going to be used as a rodeo horse.

Nell took her husband out across the fields, for a heart to heart discussion about the children, and Howard wanted Katy to hear something important, and sneaked her out of the house, after hearing how bad Flicka was Katy decided to hatch a plan to get Flicka back. At the fair Katy, Howard, & Miranda put their plan into action, Katy was disguised as a man, she joined her brother and together they both entered the crazy horse race, which they won. Katy decided to release Flicka back into the wild since her father was not going to allow her to keep her, Flicka in the meantime had taken Katy back home, but alas they came across the mountain lion, which attacked them poor Flicka got injured, and Katy cuddled up next to him. After this terrible ordeal Katy's father had some surprising news to share with his daughter.

Flicka is a delightful weepy movie, suitable for people who enjoy having soppy and emotional moments. This heartwarming coming of age drama adventure contains emotional & sentimental scenes, heartaches, love, courage, importantly allowing your children too grow-up, even if they do make mistakes, learn to trust them knowing that they will do the right thing.

Directed by: Michael Mayer Written by: Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal

Bello Maria Nell Mclaughlin Burton David rider 6 Defer Kaylee Miranda Koop Emery Elizabeth Gracie Hammer Armie male prefect Kwanten Ryan Howard Mclaughlin Lohman Alison Katy Mclaughlin Mcgraw Tim Rob Mclaughlin Mclaughlin Gene Trick Roper Morrison Rana cow girl at rodeo (uncredited) Nording Jeffrey Rick Koop Brien O'John Mr Masterson Pino Danny Jack Ritchie Emma Honor student Roberts Dallas Gus Santana Angel rodeo worker Searcy Nick Norbert Rye Szumilas Bogdan father (uncredited) Szumilas Sebastien lasso kid (uncredited) Tallman Bob rodeo announcer Taylor Buck Wagner Williams Wade man with clipboard Young Dey Esther Koop Zeskind Rachel Prep school mom (uncredited)

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