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Movie Review: ‘Apple of My Eye’

Amanda checks out an inspiring story about a girl and her mini horse.

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Apple of My Eye (2017) is the story of teenager Bailey who tragically loses her sight in a riding accident. After seeing her struggle to adjust, a guide dog trainer introduces Bailey to the absolutely adorable Apple, a guide pony.

For a straight-to-DVD feature, I’ll admit I was surprised by the production value and quality of actors involved. The young actress playing Bailey, Avery Arendes, looked age appropriate for the character — more of a problem than you would think in family films — and did a fantastic job “going blind.” Her parents are played by Amy Smart and Liam McIntyre, an Australian actor known for his lead role in Starz’ Spartacus. I don’t normally watch PG-rated family films looking to scope out guys, but I have to admit I was like…

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Source: tenor.co

If you like the pairing of Liam McIntyre and Avery Arendes — and they really do have great chemistry — then you should also check out Albion: The Enchanted Stallion.

Also, Burt Reynolds is involved. Love me some Burt.

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Source: taringa.net

Bailey’s debilitating condition is handled with sensitivity, but not melodrama. After the initial shock of her diagnosis the whole film is infused with optimism and a good bit of humor via “Sebastian,” a character with total blindness, played by Jack Griffo.

Sebastian: You can call me Thor.
Bailey: That’s what people call you?
Sebastian: No, but it’s what you can call me.
Bailey: …
Sebastian: Figure it was worth a shot.

Sebastian: Bailey, nice to meet you and I’m sure I won’t be seeing you around.

And then there’s Apple. This little mare is absolutely adorable. If you don’t believe me, just check out her Facebook page.

Photo Courtesy: Apple The Movie Horse

Photo Courtesy: Apple The Movie Horse

Bottom Line: Is this the most thrilling movie in existence? No. Is it a movie you can put in the DVD player and not worry about the age of any viewers? Yes. My eight-year-old daughter watched the movie twice and gave it two thumbs up. The film is educational and cute with good acting and only one pop music montage … even that one’s not that annoying.

And did I mention Liam McIntyre?

I give Apple of My Eye 3 Golden Horseshoes.

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Apple of My Eye released today, January 10th, and is available for DVD purchase or digital download. Click here to view on Amazon.

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