MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 5,403 this week

Moondance Alexander (2007)

G  |   |  Drama, Family  |  19 October 2007 (USA)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 811 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 7 critic

The curiously named, Moondance Alexander is a spirited teen living with her eccentric mother. She is faced with another uneventful summer until she discovers a lost pinto pony named ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 28 May 2012
 
a list of 27 titles
created 09 Mar 2013
 
a list of 37 titles
created 09 Jan 2014
 
a list of 32 titles
created 26 Jan 2014
 
a list of 45 titles
created 26 Feb 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Moondance Alexander (2007)

Moondance Alexander (2007) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Moondance Alexander.
6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Flicka 2 (Video 2010)
Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Carrie is a big-city teenager whose life is turned upside down when she moves to a horse ranch in Wyoming to live with her father. But everything changes when Carrie meets Flicka, a wild, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Damian
Stars: Patrick Warburton, Tammin Sursok, Clint Black
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A teenage girl, trying to come to grips with the death of her mother in a horse-riding accident, nurtures the foal of her mother's horse.

Director: Peter Markle
Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Lindze Letherman, Rachel Skarsten
Adventure | Family | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A young girl befriends a wild black stallion.

Director: Simon Wincer
Stars: Biana Tamimi, Richard Romanus, Patrick Elyas
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A story about two girls, CJ and Hanna. CJ lives on a ranch, Hanna comes to visit and decides to photograph wild horses for a school project. The girls become great friends and learn of a plot that might jeopardize the mustangs.

Director: Craig Clyde
Stars: Connie Sellecca, Fred Ward, Miranda Cosgrove
Zafir (2003)
Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Anna's sister Lena was killed in an accident by the horse Zafir. The horse has since the accident been shut up in a barn, but Anna would like to ride the horse even though the parents are against it.

Director: Malene Vilstrup
Stars: Rose Marie Hermannsen, Katrine Schnoor, Henrik Lykkegaard
Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

After the death of his father, troubled teen Jake Gattison travels with his mother to Harmony Ranch, a special retreat for families dealing with problems. There, Jake discovers a kindred ... See full summary »

Director: David Rotan
Stars: Alex Hugh, Mickey Rooney, Jan Rooney
Flicka (2006)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Young Katy claims a wild horse as her own -- an effort to prove to her father that she is capable of one day taking over the family ranch.

Director: Michael Mayer
Stars: Alison Lohman, Tim McGraw, Maria Bello
Family | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Ken McLaughlin struggles to please his family in any way. He comes back from boarding school boasting poor grades and facing going through the fifth grade again, much to his fathers dismay.... See full summary »

Director: Harold D. Schuster
Stars: Roddy McDowall, Preston Foster, Rita Johnson
Sylvester (1985)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Charlie is a 16-year-old orphan struggling to raise her two younger brothers when she endeavors to train a rogue horse she names Sylvester and turn him into an eventing champion.

Director: Tim Hunter
Stars: Richard Farnsworth, Melissa Gilbert, Michael Schoeffling
Flicka: Country Pride (Video 2012)
Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Flicka and Toby help out a struggling stable owner and her teenage daughter.

Director: Michael Damian
Stars: Clint Black, Lisa Hartman, Kacey Rohl
Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A group of rodeo trick-riders recruits a young girl to join them.

Director: Timothy Armstrong
Stars: Bailee Madison, Dusta Kimzey, Richard Levi
Storm Rider (2013)
Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When her father is put into jail, the spoiled teenager Dani loses everything. Forced to live with her uncle Sam on a farm without horses to ride and to train a sad Dani takes care of a young mule and learns what really counts.

Director: Craig Clyde
Stars: Kevin Sorbo, Kristy Swanson, Danielle Chuchran
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Moondance Alexander
...
...
Gelsey Alexander
...
Buck McClancy
...
...
...
Aedan Tomney ...
...
...
Tom Wyman
...
...
...
Kirk Heuser ...
Announcer
Brian Gromoff ...
Judge Tyler
Edit

Storyline

The curiously named, Moondance Alexander is a spirited teen living with her eccentric mother. She is faced with another uneventful summer until she discovers a lost pinto pony named Checkers who has jumped out of his paddock. Although Moondance returns the horse to his rightful owner, the gruff and mysterious Dante Longpre, she is convinced that Checkers is a champion jumper in disguise and is determined to help him realize his full potential. Moondance manages to talk Dante into training her and Checkers for the Bow Valley Classic and despite the criticism of her peers; discovers that perseverance, loyalty and individuality can land you in the winner's circle. Written by anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Inspired By A True Story See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 October 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Pferd für Moondance  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$17,427 (USA) (19 October 2007)

Gross:

$26,631 (USA) (26 October 2007)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

When Checkers gets up from colicing, Moondance doesn't have a lead rope on him, when it cuts back to her, a red lead rope is clipped onto Checkers' halter. See more »

Connections

References Super Size Me (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

What Might Have Been
Written by Larry Weir
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Has it's problems but... I liked it
29 September 2013 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

Why did I want to see this movie? Your guess is as good as mine. I guess that I really want to review things and just watch any movie chosen out of a hypothetical hat just so I can review it regardless. Is this movie about horses worthwhile family entertainment? In my eyes it can be.

The plot is that Moondance Alexander (Kay Panabaker) is a 14 year old girl who has trouble fitting in and has to cope with the death of her father. She has a part time job delivering supplies to stables and on the way to her latest delivery she finds a horse who escaped from their stable and they form an instant connection. After the horse is returned she proposes a deal with the owner of the stable, Dante Longpre (Don Johnson), she will work for him over the summer break and she can ride the horse, who she named Checkers. Over time, Moondance (Who names their child Moondance?) bonds with the horse. After finding out Dante was a pretty good horse jumper (I hope that's a correct term!) in his day, she decides to enter Checkers in a contest for jumping horses.

So what is there to complain about with this movie? How about THE SOUNDTRACK! I mean every other complaint that will be brought up in this review was at least tolerable but the guy who did the music seemed to have the song selection be from EVERY SINGLE LIVE ACTION KIDS FILM OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS. 10 minutes in and it annoyed the crap out of me. It even broke the ice in what was intended to be the most emotional scene in the movie.

Another complaint I have with this movie is that Moondance should have been shown grieving over her father's death just a bit more. I know it's meant to be for kids but the scenes where this does happen are too few and far between in this movie.

Aside from that everything to complain about is minor. I mean yes - the movie is predictable, yes - the characters intended to annoy succeed beyond their wildest dreams, yes - the story and plot points are slightly contrived. I really don't see a major problem in them because once taken away, this movie can stand on it's own pretty well.

Aside from that, I'll go for the compliments. Kay Panabaker can act really really well. Everyone does a decent job (in some cases you have to consider the material they were given - for example the villains) but Panabaker was the stand out.

I also like the message of this movie. Basically the message is "be yourself and overcome your obstacles". I know what you're thinking "In your previous review you criticised something for having an unoriginal message, what makes this so different?" The answer is that in my opinion this actually gets the message across in a fresh way that isn't contrived.

So aside from those 2 I did enjoy the directing and the writing (although that does get a little weak around the end). They do a good job here getting a rather contrived story about inspiration and the odds being against the heroes but coming out on top while still keeping it fresh.

So would I recommend this movie as family entertainment? Yes. I am not in the target audience for this movie (I'm a 17 year old boy) and I found something in it that was complimentary. So if you want some family entertainment for your child (I know I shouldn't be stereotyping but preferably female) which you can also enjoy then pick up Moondance Alexander. For a person like me, call it a guilty pleasure.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This is a kids film horsecoach4hire
Newport Beach Premiere frank-465
DVD maaikevercruysse
Theater release??? Evan-28
True story??? possibility-girl
Landon Liboiron IhEaRtCaRsOnDaFoE
Discuss Moondance Alexander (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?