It may take a moment for fans of Mary O'Hara's enduring children's classic My Friend Flicka
, first filmed in 1943 with a young Roddy McDowall, to adjust to director Michael Mayer's (A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD) update, particularly the transformation of rancher's lad Ken McLaughlin into Katy. But the heart of O'Hara's tale, in which a struggling family must adjust to a changing world, shines through the surface alterations. When driven, determined, 16-year-old Katy (Alison Lohman) is away at boarding school, she daydreams about her family ranch, and on her first day of summer vacation she eagerly awakens before dawn to go riding. But while she's worrying ab...