(Greer Grammer, Joey Lawrence, Missi Pyle, Christina Robinson, Ryan McCartan, et al / DVD / NR / 2016 / Sony Pictures)
Overview: While volunteering at a horse rescue, Emma forms an unlikely bond with an abused horse that won’t let anyone else ride him. Gaining new skills and confidence, Emma hatches a plan to redeem herself and ultimately save the ranch she’s grown to love.
DVD Verdict: Awkward‘s Greer Grammer plays the title role in ‘Emma’s Chance‘, and plys it with aplomb. From director Anna Elizabeth James, and based on California’s real-life Red Bucket Equine Rescue, ‘Emma’s Chance’ features Grammer in the fictional role of a young woman who saves an abused horse – named Chance – from the type of auction that ends at a horse-meat factory.
Bullied in high school, Emma takes a liking to the abused horse while performing community service, and devises a scheme to put the predatory horse-buyer out of business.
A loveable, heartwarming told-over story of redemption, for all concerned, ‘Emma’s Chance’ is a delight from start to finish. Missi Pyle plays Susan Peirce, who founded the real-life Red Bucket Equine Rescue, with Jennifer Taylor, Ryan McCartan, Lia Marie Johnson, Christina Robinson and Amber Montana also starring in the wonderful film.
Come the end, well, we all know here it’s headed from the off, but Greer Grammer is a good actress, that‘s for sure. I loved her in Awkward, but here, well, it takes a great ensemble cast to turn a story into entertainment - which is what they have all done, led by Grammer. ‘Emma’s Chance’ is a feel good movie of the highest order, a drama, at times, sure, but nothing too dark or sinister. Hey, any movie with animals that act and are portrayed as lovingly as there is always going to have my viewing vote!
BTW, Grammer was also recently case as one of Charlie Manson’s killer girls in an upcoming Lifetime TV movie. So, check her out here and there - two completely different roles, if ever there were! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.