Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Difference Between Cowgirls 'N Angels [Movie Review]

If you have a little girl (or you’ve ever been a little girl), you must sit down and watch Cowgirls ‘N Angels, a heart-warming movie about self-discovery and hope. While I’m inclined to note that girls will probably enjoy the movie more than boys, the entire family can enjoy watching it. Just tell the boys they can pick the next one for family movie night. ;)

Ida (Bailee Moreland), a carefree and often stubborn 12-year old girl, lives with her mom in a rodeo town in Oklahoma. Since her parents split up before Ida knew her father, her mom survives by working long hours in several jobs, Consequently, Ida spends much of her time alone — often getting herself in trouble.

Ida dreams about finding her dad, a rodeo rider, of whom her mother refuses to talk about. Until Ida discovers an old post card in her mom’s closet with his signature, the only thing Ida was sure of about her dad is that he hurt her mother when they separated. Now, she finally has a name for her him: Walker.

Long-time rodeo legend Terrance Parker (James Cromwell) takes a liking to Ida, after catching her steal a ride on one of the rodeo horses late at night. Mr. Parker sees her natural talent for trick-riding and convinces the “Sweethearts of the Rodeo” to allow Ida to join their female rodeo team, seeing it as an opportunity to teach Ida about discipline and hard work. Ida enthusiastically joins, seeing it as an opportunity to search for the father she’s never met.

Through training with the Sweethearts and traveling to other rodeos, Ida faces a few more troubling trials. However, she learns what trust really means as she makes new friends and practices dangerous tricks on her new horse. The other Sweethearts find out about Ida’s father and make it their own mission to help find him.

Cowgirls ‘N Angels combines the action of the rodeo (they do some pretty sweet riding tricks) and the heartfelt drama of mending one’s father wound. Watching this young girl finally meet her father is more than moving. It encourages us as Christ-followers to never stop seeking our Heavenly Father — that if we surrender our stubbornness and self-reliance to him, we can find true happiness. Cowgirls ‘N Angels conveys the redemptive themes of faith, prayer and never giving up.

So grab a box of tissues and saddle up for a ride with the Sweethearts, who believe the only difference between cowgirls and angels is that “angels can’t ride as good.”




Disclosure:  I received a copy of Cowgirls 'N Angels for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.

4 comments:

  1. I just listened to Cowgirls and Angels, and I can never understand the part near the end where Ida is talking to her mom during the slideshow. Here's the conversation with the parts I can undersand inside curly braces {}. Would you please fill me in on the rest if you can understand them? I think I'm probably missing one of the best parts of the video. Thanks!

    Ida: "You really miss him, don't you?"
    Mom nods.
    Then they both start talking.
    Ida: "S[orry]"
    Mom: "No, it's OK. Go ahead."
    Ida: {I can't understand what she said...} "...has been really pretty."
    Mom: "I'm glad you like {him/them}. I wasn't sure whether to put them up now or wait until after your show tomorrow night."
    Ida: "I'm not going to ride tomorrow."
    Mom: "What?!"
    Ida: "I'm retiring."
    Mom: "No honey, I'm not asking you to."
    Ida: "Yea, I know."
    Mom: "But..."
    Ida: "All I ever do is ... is {I can't understand this part} ... sometimes she's got to find another way to say what you really mean"

    It's driving me up the wall, so I Googled it to see if anyone else was having the same problem. I stumbled on your blog, and hoped you might be able to tell me. :)

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    1. Hi Samantha,

      I don't know the exact dialogue between Ida and her mom at this point in the movie, but I think this part is the scene where they both finally come to an understanding of one another. Ida's mother has realized that she's let her personal bias and history with the rodeo get in the way of Ida following her dreams. But, Ida realizes that she fears failing so much that every time she gets an opportunity to do something she loves, she runs away from it or messes up on purpose because she doesn't want to risk failure.

      Hope that helps!

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    2. Thank you so much! That does help. I still don't understand the words, but at least I have a better idea of the meaning. Perhaps if my brain keeps bothering me, I'll upload that small section to YouTube and see if anyone there can help me. But your answer certainly helps. Thank you!

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    3. Sure! Hope you find what you're looking for. :)

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