If you'd like to read my review (which contains spoilers- you've been warned), here it comes...
While I knew there would be some communication with the dead portrayed in this movie (you can call it "visits" from a loved one who has passed, but let's call a spade a spade), I didn't expect it to be so blunt or lacking in tact when it was introduced. Within the first several minutes of the movie, a father slumps over and before he is even confirmed as dead, he shows up to have a conversation with his pre-teen son. The conversation starts off typical, telling the boy to take care of his family and the farm. It gets awkward when the dad says, "There is something I need you to do for me... And you can't talk about it...to anybody.... ever. You understand?"
"I..I won't say a thing," the boy replies nervously.
"I know," comes the quick response.
Pretty creepy conversation if you ask me. We teach our kids the difference between keeping a surprise (something good/positive like a gift or party) and keeping a secret (often covering up wrongdoing). We've also taught our kids that responsible, safe adults don't often ask for kids help in strange ways. For example, be suspicious if an adult asks, "Could you carry this to my car for me?" or "Come into the bathroom with me so I can show you something." I get that I risk sounding like a fear-mongering conspiracy theorist, but if you spend 30 minutes reading up on child molestation or drug dealers abuses of children, I think you could empathize with the rabbit trail of me explaining just why the conversation gave me the heebie jeebies. It did not sound like a healthy father-son conversation and it made me uncomfortable which started the movie off on the wrong vibe.
From there on, the plot is pretty basic as the daughter prepares to race a horse to win money to save their farm. There are few plot twists or developments. The deceased father shows up pretty often, although he now gives motivational speeches. These scenes are a bit cheesy in my mind and seem redundant, but none of them are cause of any concern. This movie is pretty clean compared to tv- it has clean language, the attire is modest, and even the bad guys don't do anything too bad. The "I will always love you; I will always be here from you," speeches from deceased Dad are little pep-talks. I don't believe people in Heaven communicate directly with people here on earth, much less show up for "visits," so I would recommend you have some conversations with your children about what happens when someone dies and what they should and should not expect to happen. This movie could be a good conversation starter with older kids about how individuals grieve differently and examples of healthy vs. unhealthy coping skills.