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My family loves to watch family-friendly movies. We have watched several faith-based movies together. Regardless of the lower budget and lack of quality acting, we still find watching the movies uplifting. It is rare, however, that we find a movie with a definite moral message without the theme of Christianity. Sony Pictures has released the true story, Emma’s Chance, which is just that – a movie with values and no outward Christian theme. The movie is for Christians and non-Christians alike.
Emma is a bright girl – an honor’s student who understands the value of study but who struggles with peer pressure. Like many girls her age, keeping her friends happy is more important than most everything else. Despite Emma’s discomfort, she participates in activities she normally wouldn’t. When her friend’s take her to ride some horses, Emma is the only one discovered trespassing on a horse ranch.
Tasked with community service at the same horse ranch, Emma soon learns to stand for the right. She learns to love a horse who didn’t love anyone back, except for the owner, that is. Chance. Emma is soon found spending more time than required at the horse ranch and learns she has to believe in her herself and her values. While she is learning these very values, she also teaches Chance that good people won’t hurt him. As Chance and Emma continue to work together, they go on to do more than either thought possible. They enter a tournament.
I like to think about movie titles after seeing a film. Each one carries a meaning we may not immediately grab. Emma’s Chance . . . Chance gets to the point where he trusts Emma; it is as if he is her personal horse. Emma is, and always has been, a good kid. She isn’t the typical “trouble-maker” as it were. Yet, certainly, there is more meaning behind the title Emma’s Chance. What chance was she given?
Emma learns the value of hard work, she serves others even when it is hard, and she learns to fight against peer pressure. Emma receives the chance to become who she really wants to be. Everyone deserves a second chance. Emma got her’s.
I was moved with the knowledge that Emma’s Choice is a true story. I don’t generally mind poor acting or second-rate music scores, especially if the movie has a purpose besides entertainment. The story is wonderful; however, Sony needed to invest more money to make this film great. I noticed there is a lack of music, a lack of birds chirping, even a lack of horse noises at the ranch. Those little things we don’t think make a movie great, do! When they are missing, the acting slaps you in the face. Truly, how many actors are incredible without a great soundtrack? There are a few but not many. Emma’s Chance is 100% predictable from start to finish. It could use a little more work in certain areas to help the movie be less second-rate.
I love the message. The theme is great. I love knowing I can show Emma’s Choice to my children without worry. I believe we need more clean and uplifting movies. Emma’s Choice offers all of these, but it is important for viewers to know they are not going jump out of their seats exclaiming, “Picture of the year!”
Emma’s Chance is a Sony Pictures film starring Greer Grammer, Joey Lawrence, and Missi Pyle. The movie is rated PG for mild thematic elements.
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