Reviewed byBob RutzelVote: 5/10/10
Emma (Greer Grammar) gets in some teenage trouble and has to performCommunity Service where her "crime" was committed: at the Red BucketRescue Equine Reserve. The Red Bucket Equine Reserve actually exists inCalifornia and has saved thousands of abused horses.
I watch a TV show called Heartland, a rescue horse farm in Canada, andit has been on since 2007 (and still going strong) and yes, I watch there-runs also. So I am addicted and when I saw Emma's Chance I had towatch it.
The production is a little sappy at times, but can be watched by thewhole family. Why there is a cautionary statement in the beginning thatsays it may not be suitable for small children is beyond me. There isno violence or anything threatening in here. (what if the smallchildren are afraid of horses?) Hmmm
Emma learns more about horses and horse care than she ever imagined shewould. Emma endears herself to a horse named Chance and she becomesonly the 2nd person he lets ride him.
The script is somewhat sketchy, but it gets in what is needed. Theacting is a little shaky in places, in the sense that it's "get in" and"get out." as quickly as possible. That is the main failing, but thiscan be overlooked and I did that. I was more interested in Emma'srelationship with Chance an abused and temperamental horse that RedBucket did actually help save. And here they could have spent more timeand inserted a little more humor.
Over all a good family movie that promotes the Red Bucket EquineReserve in a good way. At the end of the movie you will see the RedBucket's accomplishments. Willow was the real name of the horse thatwas actually saved, but in the movie that horse was called Chance. See?
And, yes, Greer Grammar is a daughter of Kelsey Grammar. (You knew wewould ask, right?) (5/10)
Violence: No. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: No.
While fulfilling her community service hours at a horse rescue ranch, Emma forms an unlikely bond with an abused show horse who won't let anyone ride him. Gaining new skills and confidence, Emma hatches a plan to redeem herself and ultimately save the ranch she's grown to love.