(James Best, Don Johnson, et al / DVD / PG / (2007) 2008 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: Inspired by a true story, this family adventure features an all-star cast, including Don Johnson, Olympic-skating silver medalist Sasha Cohen, Lori Loughlin and Kay Panabaker. Life is a rough ride for awkward, friendless, 15-year-old Moondance (Panabaker). But when a Pinto pony named Checkers leaps into her life, Moondance pursues a dream she never knew she had. Convinced that Checkers has champion potential, she enters him in the Bow Valley Classic, and in the process learns only perseverance lands you in the winner's circle.
DVD Verdict: Once in a while you will see a beautiful film that will touch your heart and make you laugh, cry and smile all in one sitting. "Moondance Alexander" is such a film. I had the honor of seeing this movie during a film festival, along with my children, and all of us absolutely loved it. The actors in the movie were brilliantly chosen for their roles--Kay Panabaker, Don Johnson, James Best, and the Olympic medalist Sasha Cohen, and was directed by an incredibly talented husband-and-wife team of Michael and Janeen Damian!
This movie reflects so many important things in life--it reminds us how we all want to feel accepted by others, about how hard it is to miss someone that you love so much, and also it is also has moments that will make you laugh and cheer! My six-year-old daughter loved this too..she is now asking for a horse named Checkers!
My eldest daughter thoroughly enjoyed it as well. There is a line in the film when the character Dante, played by Don Johnson, says to Moondance something to the effect "they pick on you (referring to the "mean" girls) because they're unsure of themselves." My daughter immediately picked up on this truism as it effects her every day life. The other messages about finding the courage, perseverance, and faith in one's strengths are all foundational to a good family film like this. The music was terrific as was the photography.
We hope everyone runs out and buys this new DVD so they can watch the movie over and over. I wish this had had been in theaters across the nation so more people could see it on the big-screen, but now it will be available to see in everyone's living rooms and have an even wider audience. This is a must-see and a very memorable and beautiful movie for the whole family's DVD library. I highly recommend it! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Music Video - Laura Wight “I Choose You”
Behind-The-Scenes and Cast Featurettes