If you live in Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee or Utah, and have a hankering for family-friendly entertainment during a Memorial Day weekend trip to the movies, you just might want to check out Cowgirls N' Angels.
The independently produced comedy-drama, filmed on locations throughout Oklahoma, focuses on Ida Clayton (played by Bailee Madison), a rebellious young girl in search of her rodeo-riding father. During her journey, Ida connects with the Sweethearts of the Rodeo, an all-female group of riders organized by former rodeo star Terence Parker (James Cromwell). Recognizing Ida's innate talent for trick riding, Parker recruits the spunky youngster for his lineup. To her surprise and delight, Ida is accepted wholeheartedly by her new "family," and finds a new passion that redefines her life. Better still, she finds her new job may help her find the errant father she's been searching for.
In addition to Madison and Cromwell, Cowgirls N' Angels -- which opens Friday in the above-mentioned states -- features Alicia Witt (Friday Night Lights), Frankie Faison (The Silence of the Lambs, Meet the Browns) and Jackson Rathbone (Jasper Hale of the Twilight movies).
Up-and-coming country music artist Amber Hayes contributed three songs to the soundtrack, and makes her big-screen acting debut in the film as a honkytonk singer named Amber Grant. Her father is played by Richie McDonald, former lead singer of chart-topping country group Lonestar.
If you're interested in taking an advance look, here is a clip from the film featuring Madison, Cromwell, Faison -- and a very spirited horse.
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