"Learning To Care for Others"


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STORM RIDER stars Kevin Sorbo as a gruff veterinarian out west who takes in his 18-year-old niece, Dani, after his brother is arrested for securities fraud. Slightly spoiled, Dani has trouble getting along with her uncle, since he’s not always pleasant to be around either. Even so, he does give her a young mule to train, which Dani names Stormy. A champion equestrian rider, Dani pours her affection into Stormy but leaves his companionship when she gets to train a real horse for a local competition. Then, when her uncle and young stepbrother need her the most, Dani and Stormy must work together to save the day.

STORM RIDER is an entertaining family movie on DVD. The talented cast, led by veterans Kevin Sorbo and Kristy Swanson, are given some really good dialogue to flesh out their characters. Even the dog and the mule are likeable, interesting critters. Best of all, the heroine learns that caring for others is the answer to her problems. Though it could use more intense jeopardy, STORM RIDER is an enjoyable movie for the whole family.


(BBB, V, M) Very strong moral worldview with some redemptive repentance and seeking forgiveness; no foul language; very light mostly implied violence and threat of violence includes girl stares down wolf, plane crash off screen with three people injured and some blood shown, mule runs away after being spooked; no sex but teenagers go on a “date” and kiss, and adults kiss after marriage proposal; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking or drugs; and, mother drags her son to where she wants to go after she separates from husband who’s investigated and eventually jailed for securities fraud, mother gives up custody of son for money, teenage rivalry, teenager finds it hard at first to get along with her taciturn, gruff uncle.

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STORM RIDER is an entertaining family movie on DVD about a spoiled 18-year-old who faces some challenges when her father is arrested for securities fraud. Some good dialogue helps the actors make STORM RIDER a pleasant outing.

Spoiled 18-year-old Dani Fielding is really good at one thing – training her expensive horse, Admiral, to win equestrian championships. However, when her father is arrested for securities fraud, she has to give up Admiral and stay with her uncle, Sam, a taciturn, gruff veterinarian out west.

Dani and her uncle struggle to bond, mostly because they are two pretty independent, stubborn people. Sam gives her a young mule found in the forest after a storm, and Dani names him “Stormy.” Dani pours her affection into Stormy and trains him into being a pretty reliable friend.

The same can’t be said for Dani, however. When Dani gets a chance to train a nearby horse for an upcoming equestrian competition, she stops paying so much attention to Stormy. Then, when her uncle and young stepbrother need her the most, Dani and Stormy must work together to save the day.

STORM RIDER is an entertaining family movie mostly because of its actors, who are given some funny, colorful dialogue to delineate their characters. Consequently, the interactions between the characters, including the interaction between the uncle played by Kevin Sorbo and the uncle’s loveable dog, are unexpectedly lively. Also, the photography, editing, and direction are professionally done. This helps keep the story interesting despite some light jeopardy.

Even better, the heroine not only learns responsibility. She also learns to care for people as much as the animals she loves. Dani also helps bring her uncle out of his shell so that he, too, connects more strongly with people, including a woman the uncle likes, played by Kristy Swanson. As Dani, Danielle Chuchran does a really good job making viewers care about Dani’s story. Though spoiled, Dani is still likeable enough for viewers to become invested in what happens to her and Stormy.

STORM RIDER contains no really objectionable content. However, the villain in the story is Dani’s self-obsessed stepmother, who dumps Dani’s stepbrother, Jordan, with her uncle. The stepmother is a mean person, even to her own son. She’s not redeemed at the end of the story. Despite this, Dani’s father clearly cares about both his daughter and his son, even though he’s in prison.

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