The Greening of Whitney Brown

Theatrical Release: July 12, 2011
DVD Release: January 3, 2012
The Greening of Whitney Brown


Whitney Brown (Sammi Hanratty), a spoiled pre-teen from Philadelphia, is forced to move to the country when her parents (Brooke Shields and Aidan Quinn) feel the squeeze of economic hard times. A fish out of water, far from her comfort zone, she befriends an amazing horse, and undertakes a misguided journey back to her old life, only to discover that her family is her home.

Dove Review

This film centers on a young girl named Whitney who moves with her parents back to the family farm when her father loses his job. Whitney goes from being the most popular girl in school to feeling shunned, like she’s nobody. She has to learn what really matters in life. She learns that life is about family, not popularity. When she befriends a stray horse, she develops a bond with the animal that eventually helps her reconcile her family’s strained relationships.

The sequences with “Bob” the horse are extremely funny and heartwarming. The story has positive elements such as forgiveness and the need to change. Today’s girls need positive role models to emulate and the reformed Whitney would make a good pattern to learn from. We are pleased to award this fun family adventure our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12 and over.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: OMG-6; G-1; "Thank God"-1; Geeze-1; D-1; H-1
Violence: Horse falls down a hill - not seen but the horse appears injured; girl hits head on tree and is knocked unconscious; old man shoots at birds with shotgun; man chases girl and horse in borrowed car; horse pushes girl into table of food.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: A young girl travels by horse to her home town secretively.


Company: ARC Entertainment
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 87 min.
Starring: Sammi Hanratty, Brooke Shields and Aidan Quinn
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe