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The Black Stallion Returns Review

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    The Black Stallion Returns is little more than a contrived, cornball story that most audiences will find to be an interminable bore.

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  • 40

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    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    It is funny, unpretentious and fast-paced. It has a kind of comicbook appreciation for direct action and no time whatsoever for mysticism or for scenery for its own sake, though most of it was shot in Morocco and is fun to look at.

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  • 63

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The performances are often good, including Reno's; he has an interesting, poker-faced way of underplaying scenes that keeps him from being a stereotyped kid.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

A lackluster sequel to the well-loved original.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that a few exciting scenes and eye-catching location photography keep this sequel afloat, but it's nothing compared to the original. Those who haven't seen the original shouldn't risk this one, as it's involved plot may not hold their interest. A barn fire and Alec's struggle to survive when he and his friend are lost in the desert are mildly frightening, but shouldn't bother most children. Children under 8 will have problems sitting still through the involved plot. Some grade-school children may be disappointed that the black stallion is absent from much of the film. This is mainly for fans of the original.

  • Families can talk about sequels. Are they ever as good as the original movies? If they're often worse, why do they get made -- and why do we see them?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Many of the Arab characters are too stereotypical. (However, there are some benign, even heroic Arabs.) Alec's decision to stowaway on a plane headed overseas is hardly appropriate behavior, and the film makes a mild joke of his mother's concern for him.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: There are sword fights and other battles of the type common to classic adventure movies. There is also an incident of arson as the villains try to capture the black stallion.

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    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue