Horsing Around... Again
Carrie (Tammin Sursok - Girlfriends of Christmas Past) loves life in the city; living with her grandmother whilst going around on her skateboard, holding on to the back of trucks. But when her grandmother's health begins to deteriorate and she is unable to give Carrie the proper care she needs Carrie is sent to live with Hank (Patrick Warburton - Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back), her estranged father, who owns a Wyoming ranch. Ranch life is completely alien to Carrie especially as her father has no modern conveniences such as the internet whilst Hank's style of parenting does not fit well with Carrie either. Fortunately Carrie meets a beautiful wild stallion who she bonds with whilst also ending up getting on with Jake (Reilly Dolman), one of the ranch hands. But there is trouble brewing with a nearby rancher who wants Carrie's horse for his daughter.
Here is the good news, you don't need to have watched "Flicka" to be able to watch "Flicka 2" as this second movie is not a continuation of the story but with Carrie being a McLaughlin I guess she is some sort of a relative of the McLaughlin's from the first movie. But the bad news is that if you have watched any ranch movie featuring a city girl going to stay on a ranch you can pretty much guess what you are going to get in "Flicka 2" as the storyline is cliche. As such you know that whilst Carrie will initially dislike the ranch and struggle to get on with her father by the end of the movie, and with a little help from the wild stallion, some bonding will have taken place whilst ranch life won't seem as bad as it did.
But before you think that means "Flicka 2" is a pointless rehash of purely the familiar formula it does work through all the cliches in an effective manner from Hank being old fashioned in expecting Carrie to respect him through to Carrie struggling with the chores around the ranch that her father gives her to do. And it adds some nice variation to things with the typical moment of danger involving the horse saving Carrie actually happens on the ranch rather than the typical being hurt in the wilderness having had a fall, which I have lost track of the number of times I have seen done in this sort of horse movie.
Aside from that, well we have Patrick Warburton, Tammin Sursok and Reilly Dolman, who plays the handsome ranch hand/love interest, all of whom look good on a ranch and cinematographer Ron Stannett does a nice job of capturing them against the beauty of the location and the wildlife. But all these performances along with their characters are text book with little if anything which makes them or "Flicka 2" stand out from those in similar movies.
What this all boils down to is that "Flicka 2" is entertaining and it works through the familiar set up in an effective manner with a few variations on the familiar. But it does mean it is a movie made for a younger audience as for anyone else the familiarity of it all will be the thing you remember most about it rather than the specifics or the story or performances.