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The Christmas Colt (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | 5 November 2013 (USA)
A father and his kids take an unexpected detour, and discover the true meaning of Christmas in this warmhearted tale for the entire family. Matt and his kids were en route to grandma's ... See full summary »

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Gregory Alosio
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Credited cast:
Ted Ferguson ... Old Codger
Austin Filson Austin Filson ... Edward
Carlee Horton Carlee Horton ... Emma
Steve Olson ... Tank
Tyrone Power Jr. Tyrone Power Jr. ... Matt
Sherrill Silk Sherrill Silk ... Bonnie Kate
Morgan Trewhitt Morgan Trewhitt ... Mosie
Chase Wright Chase Wright ... Bones (as Jeremy Wright)
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A father and his kids take an unexpected detour, and discover the true meaning of Christmas in this warmhearted tale for the entire family. Matt and his kids were en route to grandma's house when their car broke down in the middle of nowhere. Fortunately for them, local rancher Bonnie-Kate has a big heart, and a spare room. But lately poachers have been trespassing on Bonnie-Kate's land, and as the stranded family awaits rescue over the next few days, they agree to help protect her ranch. In the process, Matt and his children learn that it's not about what you get during the holiday season, but what you give instead. Written by Allie

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Drama | Family

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Country:

USA

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English

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5 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der kleine Hengst und die Pferdediebe See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Doesn't have any warmth or heart to be considered warm-hearted
11 December 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Being someone who likes horses and loves Christmas films, there was the hope that 'The Christmas Foal' was good. Unfortunately 'The Christmas Foal' is one of those films where it is difficult to know where to begin criticising and be up all night doing it.

There are two things that stop it from being a complete pile of horse manure. One is the scenery, which is beautiful. The other is the horses, they are both cute and majestic in look and have the immense likability that the human characters lack. Sadly, these two good elements are also somewhat wasted. 'The Christmas Foal' is far too amateurishly filmed and edited (flat photography and haphazard editing) for the scenery to be properly enjoyed. Have seen films made for television that look better. The horses also don't have enough screen-time and when they were used they were poorly so.

As said, it is difficult to know where to start with the criticisms and one will find it even harder knowing when to end. Saying that the acting is woeful is being too kind, props are more animated. Most are stiff and ill at ease, the children are some of the most annoying for any film seen in recent memory and the villains are too hammy. The characters are incredibly poorly written, the horses are the only characters one halfway roots for and they're not in it enough.

Really disliked the children for reasons that have been summed up well already, condescending and annoying sums them up well. The villains are neither funny or menacing, instead they come over as idiots and don't fit within the film. The writing never sounds natural and will make even young children feel dumber and insulted.

In terms of the story, 'The Christmas Foal' is very thin and ridiculous. It's less than an hour and a half and it feels stretched, making the pace drag so much that it's tedious to sit through, so much so one seriously considers bailing out after 10 minutes (stuck with it because judging a film without seeing the whole thing is unfair). There is no warmth, heart or charm to the storytelling, even the Christmas spirit isn't noticeable. The music is forgettable at best and the direction isn't there.

Overall, a real mess apart from the scenery and the horses and even they deserved better. 2/10 Bethany Cox


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