In this contemporary motion picture adaptation of Mary O’Hara’s beloved novel My Friend Flicka, 16-year-old Katy McLaughlin (Alison Lohman) dreams of fulfilling her family legacy by working on her father’s ranch in modern-day Wyoming. But Katy’s father wants more for her, insisting that Katy go to college. Katy finds a wild mustang, which she names Flicka, and sets out to make her a riding horse. But Flicka and Katy are more alike than she could have imagined. Like Katy, Flicka has a disdain for authority and is not about to give up her freedom without a fight.
“Flicka” is a timeless tale of a family who struggles to make ends meet as they run the family ranch. The story centers around an already strained father/daughter relationship that is exacerbated by the introduction of a mustang whom Katie affectionately names “Flicka.”
While Katie is extremely disobedient in the majority of the film, there are also severe consequences. She is punished by her parents and also suffers a near death experience as a direct result of her actions. In the end, the family comes together and reconciles their differences as they learn to communicate their wants and desires with each other in a gentler, more appropriate manner.
This film has some very good lessons about respect, obedience and family expectations.