Flicka is a classic story about the relationship between a girl and a horse. It is loosely based on the story My Friend Flicka written by Mary O'Hara in 1941.
Sixteen-year-old Katy (Alison Lohman) lives on a big ranch in Wyoming. The film opens with her daydreaming through a history exam and ultimately failing the subject. She returns home and goes for an early morning ride, worried about telling her parents, particularly her father (Tim McGraw), about her failure. While out riding, Katy comes face to face with a beautiful black mustang.
From then on Katy is obsessed by this horse. Although banned from searching for it, she does so anyway. Her father eventually catches the horse and brings it back to the ranch. Although expressly forbidden to, Katy secretly tries to tame the horse, which she names Flicka. All seems to be going well until she is thrown off. Much to Katy's dismay and the dismay of the rest of her family, her father sells the horse. Katy then works out an elaborate plan with her brother (Ryan Kwanten) and his girlfriend (Kaylee de Fer) to get Flicka back.
Here we outline any topics, issues and ideas in this movie that might upset children and adolescents, so that you can gauge whether it is appropriate for your child. For example, children and adolescents may react adversely to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, separation from a parent, animal cruelty or distress, children as victims, natural disasters and racism.
Family conflict, teenage rebellion
Here we identify any violence in this movie, and explain how and why it might impact on your child or adolescent. In general, movie violence can make children less sensitive to the use of violence in real life. Alternatively, they may become fearful about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world. In some contexts, it can also teach them to see violence as an acceptable means of conflict resolution.
There is no overt violence in this movie. There are, however, confrontations between various members of the family that involve yelling. Also there are rodeo scenes where riders fall off bulls and horses.
Content that may disturb children
- Flicka is attacked by a mountain lion. She is shown with bloody scratches and is unable to stand.
- Katie is injured when she is thrown from her horse.
- Flicka’s life is threatened when Katie’s father goes out with his rifle, talking of putting her down.
Children in this age group could be concerned by the scenes listed above, as well as the following:
- A mountain lion attacks Flicka.
- Katie is injured.
- Flicka’s life is threatened.
It is unlikely that any scenes in this movie would scare children over the age of 13.
Nudity and sexual activity
Alcohol, drugs and substances
There is some smoking and drinking in a bar scene.
This movie contains some mild coarse language.
Ideas to discuss with your child
Many children will enjoy Flicka, particularly girls who are interested in horses. One of the main messages in this movie is that you need to fight for what you love and that if you do, good things can happen.
You might wish to discuss with your children the values represented in this movie:
- trust in others
- the importance of family bonds
- taking responsibility for your actions
- standing up for what you believe in.
You might be concerned about the way Katy reaches her goal by continually doing the opposite of what her father wants and by the conflict that follows. If so, you could point out that there might be a more positive way for parents and children to resolve issues and still get a positive outcome.