Healed By Grace 2
The cantankerous old horse trainer known only as Gauff has a troubled past – that includes a messy divorce and hopelessly strained relationship with his adult daughter Brandy, who hasn’t spoken to him in years. But when Brandy experiences a health scare, Gauff finds himself reluctantly looking after his 14 year old girl granddaughter – whom he’d never met before. An inspiring, heartwarming “odd couple” tale of reconciliation and connection set in the world of equestrian training.
Fourteen-year-old Jesse dreams the horse dream, informing her reticent parents that a horse is the only gift she desires for her 15th birthday. Unbeknownst to Jesse, her mother Brandy is in the throes of a cancer diagnosis, causing Jesse’s well-intentioned father, John Fuller, to jump through some unexpected hoops. Although Brandy has held a deep grudge against her gruff and errant father, Gauff, John tiptoes through the hedges of her bitterness, confronting Gauff with the offer of keeping Jesse while Brandy attends to her medical diagnosis. Gauff, still recovering from the death of a special horse named Grace, now faces the bumpy and mysterious path of teen negotiation. Not wanting to mess up a second time, Gauff finds he must swallow his pride and eventually ask for forgiveness. If that’s not enough, a comic female veterinarian pursuing his interest always seems to pop up and bonk him on the conscience. Healed by Grace 2 is a compilation of stories of forgiveness in a lovely equestrian setting. Although there are a few continuity issues and scenes that run on, this film is certainly family friendly and could serve as an encouragement for reconciliation to many who hold a damaging grudge. Except perhaps for the horse scenes, it doesn’t promise to engage the interest of small children. That aside, Healed by Grace 2 easily earns the Dove All Ages Award.