Moon Dance Alexander (2007)
As movies, this one is missing in many areas, especially dialogue and acting, sometimes amateurish. But you can not find fault with the family story, and turn around for a young teenage girl else, including her first name Moondance. Kay Panabaker is Moondance. Her father did not die long ago, but she still has her artist, Mrs. Gelsey, played 40-something Lori Loughlin. Through her own admission, Moondance has few, if any, friends because fellow students enjoy her name and the way she dresses. The movie begins on the last school day, as the summer break begins.
She worked a bit with her bike to make small package deals in the rural setting around her home (filmed in Canadian Rockies and surrounding areas). One day, next to a dirt road, a Pinto horse appeared before her, which apparently fought the fence. We find later that it is a custom of the Pinto, which is called ‘Checkers’, and it will later be handed in a jumping competition.
As it turns out, the horse is not lost, but is owned by Don Johnson as Dante, a man of horrible attitude and little words. We later realized he was herding but something happened and he stopped. Moondance does not want to be separated from Checkers, so she buy free to work at 6:30 every day, cleaning stalls, etc. And then she gets Checkers.
It’s hard to see why skater Sasha Cohen plays a role, except that his aspirations seem to be. Here is his Fiona Hughes, a naughty and self-centered girl who won the Junior Jump Championship last year, and who uses every opportunity to try Moondance. There is no subtlety to her acting.
Overall a good family movie, with a good message, and no bad language, no sex, no violence. We need more movies with those features.
SPOILERS: Dante agrees to help Moondance and Checkers prepare for the annual jumping competition. But he warned her not to get her hope. But they do well, have a flawless ride, and finish fellow champions with the average Fiona. Prove that “otherwise” can be very good under the right circumstances.