American Rodeo: A Cowboy Christmas (2013)

Director: H.D Motyl


Plot: The two weeks before the Fourth of July are unofficially called “Cowboy Christmas,” as there are 65 rodeos across 25 states and that many chances for the cowboys to win money. “American Rodeo : A Cowboy Christmas” follows four professional rodeo cowboys (steer wrestlers) as they travel the rodeo circuit looking for fame and fortune. From small towns in bustling cities from Arizona to North Dakota follow the cowboys participating in the 150 year-old tradition of bucking broncs and roping calves.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Good Documentary but Barbaric entertainment


Story: American Rodeo: A Cowboy Christmas starts as we join the rodeo tour where all the rodeos are competing in one of the most important time of their careers because the most prizes are up for grabs through July. We follow Matt Reeves who is a steer wrestler.

We go on to meet three fellow rodeos Jule, Darryl and Sam who travel around together and with this we see just how much these men put into this.

American Rodeo: A Cowboy Christmas shows just how much commitment these men have to put into this form of ‘entertainment’. Everything works for what world we are being put into but I can’t help but think this is a barbaric form of entertainment where these men just wrestle calves to the ground, it comes off kind of sick really. Once again I don’t have anything bad to say about the film making process just why these men would do this.



Director Review: H.D MotylH.D does a great job showing us these men’s journey to do what they see as fun.


Documentary: American Rodeo: A Cowboy Christmas can’t be faulted as a documentary because it does show the subject matter as his best.

Settings: American Rodeo: A Cowboy Christmas does show us all the locations where you would see these men.
: American Rodeo: A Cowboy Christmas is one to try if you are a fan of the rodeo scene or ever wanted to learn more. (Try It)


Best Part: Looking at these men’s form of entertainment.

Worst Part: It comes off very sick watching the steer wrestling.


Believability: Yes

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 14 Minutes


Overall: While the documentary can’t be questioned the subject matter really leaves plenty of questions about why this is classed as entertainment.




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