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Mind numbing would be a compliment for this film. Children's films
entertain kids and make them want to talk about the film, not what
going to do after it's over.
For anyone over age ten, this is insulting to the intelligence. Huge plot holes, kids behaving smarter than their age, and adults who are incapable of the obvious help you forget the insulting dialogue. I almost felt sorry for Dennis Weaver and Joe Piscopo being a part of this.
I had to use this film on DVD with subtitles to teach English to my Japanese students; they were 11 and found this painful to watch. Clearly it's not for anyone smarter than "Zike" or "Spider".
Exactly what was the point of the horse rustlers who never appear again? At least in Monty Python's "Life Of Brian", the UFO scene was put in for humour. And _do_ horse rustlers really exist in this day and age?
Two Bits and Pepper is definitely not the best horse film I have seen
and it does have a lot of faults. Adults will most likely find this
film predictable and irritating but little kids are bound to enjoy it.
The story is very simple - two girls are kidnapped by two very stupid
kidnappers (the kind you would see in Beethoven 3, only more stupid
because they can't even add 1+11!) and the kid's ponies (Two Bits and
Pepper) decide to rescue their owners and bring the kidnappers to
justice. The ponies do speak (Homeward Bound style) but have very
irritating voices that I felt were unemotional and past caring. This
film does have a lot of flaws and unfortunately they are noticeable.
The kidnappers do not speak with any emotion and sounded like they just wanted to get on with it and the girls, I think were the only ones that acted well. There were a few good scenes such as when a fire breaks out but it is fairly easy to lose interest and the film gets boring towards the end because we all know what is going to happen. Yes the horses are cute and the stunts preformed were OK and the scenery was nice but nothing could save this film from the lack of professionalism. I think it will appeal more to little kids. But one good point is that the film teaches them that they should not talk to strangers or get in a stranger's car. This film is not great and I have seen better but for the money (£1 in Woolworths) it is OK though I would not view it more than once. 5/10.
Joe Piscopo delivered a fairly good performance, although "Zike" was a
shade too contrived. He can do better. By far he was the best actor -
everyone else was either wooden, too stage-y, or couldn't deliver their
lines with appropriate intonation or emotion. The script left a lot to
be desired. Why would the mom not think to look for her daughter in her
horse's barn? Why would a girl run off without her horse (DUH - teen
girls and horses, ya know - LOL!)? Most disturbing - why would a movie
show a little girl chatting with and exchanging insults with two men
who have just invited her into their car? She wouldn't have gotten away
with that in real life.
Oh well, we have a lot of fun with interpreting what the horses are really saying. Most of the time, they're asking, "Are you gonna give me that treat, or what?" The little horse tries to dominate the big horse in many of the scenes. Best of all, when one horse is supposed to be encouraging the other, he's doing the equine equivalent of flipping the bird! Park your brain at the door, but do pause and talk about things from time to time with your kids.
I gave it three stars because of Joe Piscopo, and because I can think of movies that are a lot worse.
Nice little story about 2 girls and their horses. The horses talk to each other in the style of Homeward Bound or Look Who's Talking. Toss in two bumbling kidnappers (both played by Joe Piscopo) for some comic relief and we have a story with a little drama, comedy, parental conflict on the trials and tribulations of growing up. Although predictable, it is charming and will appeal to little girls everywhere.
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