For other uses see Horse sense (disambiguation).
Horse Sense is a 1999 Disney Channel Original Movie, directed by Greg Beeman. It stars Joey and Andrew Lawrence. It was followed by a sequel called Jumping Ship.
When 20-year-old city slicker, Michael Woods, invites his cousin, Tommy Biggs, to come to his house for the weekend, Tommy is very excited that he is going to see his cousin after such a long time. After arriving at Michael's house, Michael begins to ignore Tommy throughout the weekend, making him feel unwelcome. On the last day for Tommy to leave, Arlene, the housekeeper, has a talk with Michael about ignoring Tommy, and Michael tells her that he will take Tommy to Disneyland and that they will have an enjoyable time. As Michael drives both himself and Tommy to Disneyland, he receives a call from his girlfriend, Gina, who is a drama queen and a snob. Gina asks Michael to come to the local racetrack, where she would introduce him to her father, who he had not met previously. Michael agrees with her, and drops Tommy off at a nearby "Kiddie Zone" so that he could go to the racetrack. On the way to pick Tommy up, Michael is involved in a minor car accident and gives the wrong information to the victim, Diedre White. When Michael finally arrives back at the Kiddie Zone to get Tommy, he learns from an employee that Tommy had already been picked up by Arlene. When Michael returns home, he and Tommy get into an big argument. Tommy leaves the following morning, stating that if Michael ever comes to Montana, he'd like to "return the favor." Tommy's mother later calls Michael's parents to tell them of how mean and rude Michael was to Tommy during his stay and on the top of that police officers arrive at the Woods house informing them about Michael's car accident earlier that day. Michael's parents both decide to punish him by sending him to his aunt Jules ranch in Montana to work for free for a month. His parents also add that if they hear any negative reports from Jules or Tommy, they won't allow Michael to go on his trip to the French Riviera with Gina.
When Michael arrives, Tommy gives hard tasks to michael that he know he will mess up somehow in act of revenge before. Michael is also placed under the supervision of two ranch hands, Twister, and jovial Native American. After being caught goofing off, Twister gives Michael a dressing down and tell him that the ranch is going to be foreclosed on at the end of the month, and added that no one else shared that information with Michael because it seemed he could not have cared less. Given a new respect for Jules and Tommy, Michael tries to find some way in order to save the ranch not only from foreclosure but also from Mule and Twister losing their jobs.
In the end, Michael, having studied the concept of land trusts in college, realizes that since his aunt's ranch cares for wild horses, it's eligible to be overseen by the state government and shielded against repossession. Michael also learns a valuable lesson about loyalty and love.
Joseph Lawrence as Michael Woods,
Andrew Lawrence as Tommy Biggs,
Susan Walters as Jules Biggs,
M.C. Gainey as Twister,
Leann Hunley as Jacy Woods,
Robin Thomas as Glenn Woods,
Jolie Jenkins as Gina,
Steve Reevis as Mule,
Freda Foh Shen as Arlene,
Ian Ogilvy as Miles,
Nancy Renee as Professor Mallory Baynes,
Channing Chase as Diedre White,
Mike Trachtenberg as Lou,
Dan Martin as Officer,
Holmes Osborne as Mr. Hawthorne,
Matthew Lawrence as cowboy on airport,
Horse Sense has a rating of 6.2 out of 10 stars on IMDB, and a ranking of 59% on RottenTomatoes.
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