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Emma's Chance (2016)

PG | | Drama, Family, Sport | 5 July 2016 (USA)
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A young woman forms a bond with an abused show horse while completing her community service at a horse rescue ranch.


Tyler W. Konney (story by), Anna Elizabeth James (story by) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Greer Grammer ... Emma Bailey
Joey Lawrence ... Kevin Chambers
Missi Pyle ... Susan Peirce
Christina Robinson ... Lexi Smith
Jennifer Taylor ... Miranda Bailey
Shanna Strong ... Catherine Conner
Ryan McCartan ... Jacob Murphy
Lia Marie Johnson ... Meg Bowler
Amber Frank ... Kate Rogers (as Amber Montana)
Anthony Crivello ... Wade Thompson
Lindsay Lamb ... Anne Thompson
Norma Michaels ... Grandma Bailey
Tracy Nelson ... Principal Matheson
Kate Rachesky ... Nicki Guenther
Taylor Boldt ... Dylan McCormick


While fulfilling her community service hours at a horse rescue ranch, Emma forms an unlikely bond with an abused show horse who won't let anyone ride him. Gaining new skills and confidence, Emma hatches a plan to redeem herself and ultimately save the ranch she's grown to love. Written by Anna Elizabeth James

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In rescuing I was rescued


Drama | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Greer Grammer who plays Emma, is the daughter of Kelsey Grammar who plays Frasier Crane in the long running tv show Frasier. See more »


Kevin Chambers says, at about 1:03 in, that if "its not broken, it's definitely fractured. When talking about human bones, broken and fractured are synonymous. See more »

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An enlightening look inside the world of horse rescues
21 December 2020 | by Rack-FocusSee all my reviews

Emma's Chance appears aimed at tween to teenage girls. However, it has broad appeal and works as an educational, family-friendly film on two levels. In the "big picture," the movie sheds light on the 152,000 horses who are killed each year for meat after they are no longer useful to their owners. In the "little picture," children will learn about the tremendous time commitment a horse requires-along with the rewards of bonding to an animal. This movie is a must see for anyone who wants a horse. Red Bucket Equine Rescue, the real-life non-profit that serves as the location for the movie, says 85% of first-time horse owners get rid of their animals within five years. The movie uses Red Bucket to convey its message. Filming took place on the group's ranch in Chino Hills, California. According to its website, all the horses in the movie were rescues, including the star, show jumper "Chance", who was played by four different rescue horses. Actor Missy Pyle portrays real life founder Susan Pierce and actual volunteers filled in as extras. Adults will learn about the crushing financial burden facing Red Bucket and similar charities in need of support. Children will learn about the commitment and rewards of taking care of a horse through Emma (Greer Grammer). This "good girl" agrees to perform community service after falling in with the wrong crowd and soon learns to love horses. At times Emma's Chance feels like an infomercial, much like Apple of My Eye, which used Southeastern Guide Dogs to spotlight guide animals. However, both movies present meaningful messages in a thoughtful and entertaining way. There is nothing offensive in Emma's Chance. Even the "mean girls" are not really mean, just in need of a teachable moment. The movie moves in an uplifting trajectory and mirrors Emma's increasing self-confidence as she tackles the task of caring for a horse. The final scene may sadden some children, but it teaches an important life lesson.

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