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Dream Horse | 2020 | PG | – 1.2.3

content-ratingsWhy is “Dream Horse” rated PG? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “language and thematic elements.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a couple of kisses, discussions of breeding horses, a few horse racing sequences with horses falling over obstacles and one leading to a seriously injured animal, arguments and some strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


Based on a true story: When a woman (Toni Collette) without any experience but plenty of spirit, is inspired to start a race horse syndicate with her neighbors, they have no idea the impact their new horse and its training will have on their lives. Also with Damian Lewis, Siân Phillips, Owen Teale, Nicholas Farrell, Peter Davison, Joanna Page, Karl Johnson, Katherine Jenkins and Darren Evans. Directed by Euros Lyn. [Running Time: 1:53]

Dream Horse SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A husband and his wife kiss in a couple of scenes. Men and women dance in pub.
 A man remarks that a man got his daughter, “In the family way when she was 17.” People talk about arranging for a stud for their horse. A wife trying to get her husband’s attention says, “I’m having an affair with the post [mail carrier].”
 A woman showers and we see her silhouette in the shower curtain (no detail is evident). A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A man takes off his clothes in a pub and we see him wearing briefs (his bare shoulders and legs to the hips are seen). We see an ultrasound of a pregnant horse. A man wakes up wearing no pants (we see his bare legs and underwear and later we see that his pants are unfastened as he boards a bus with other people).

Dream Horse VIOLENCE/GORE 2

 – A few race sequences with hurdles show horses falling over the hurdles and throwing their riders (no injuries are shown); one scene shows a horse being held down on the ground by a person kneeling on its neck while another person examines its leg (we see some blood) and we hear that a tendon has been damaged and people discuss whether to repair the damage or put the horse down (they opt to try to save the animal).
 We hear that a horse died after the birth of a foal. We understand that a man died and a woman cries as she clears away his belongings; the woman and her mother are seen in the cemetery later. A wife confronts her husband about risking their savings and livelihood and threatens to leave him. A man argues with his boss and says that the job that he does as an accountant is legalized robbery, helping people to get away with not paying taxes. A man is insulting toward his daughter’s husband in several scenes. A man says of his adult daughter, “What’s a daughter for if not to take care of her parents.” People are dismissive to other people about their lack of finances and raising a racehorse in an allotment. A TV program shows a veterinarian putting his glove-covered arm into the anus of a steer (we hear the animal moan); a man watching the show says, “I lost my watch up one once.” A man says, “The goat’s got ringworm.” A man talks about castrating an Alpaca being a two-man job, one to hold the animal and one to “Nip off the squealers.” A woman takes a flyer about a meeting regarding a horse syndicate to a butcher and the butcher says, “There’s no call for it since the scandal with the lasagna.” A butcher tells a woman, “I’ll take your geese dead or alive.” A butcher says that she had to “de-gunge the mincer.” People joke about a man flatulating in a few scenes. A man tells another man, “If you’re using the gents, give the first cubicle a few minutes.”
 A woman goes to her parents’ home and finds her mother seated on the floor, apparently not being able to get up. A man is startled by squawking geese charging him in an allotment. A man is shown to be missing several teeth. We see an ultrasound of a pregnant horse. A woman pays a man for his accounting advice with a steak (we see the piece of meat wrapped in butcher paper soaked in blood).

Dream Horse LANGUAGE 3

 – 3 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (useless lump, arrogant, madness, racket, non-starter, pillok, selfish, reckless, circus, rough around the edges, fat lot of use, cheeky, buggers, snooty, rich buggers, ridiculous, bastards), exclamations (nonsense, bloody, bugger off, chuffed, sod off, sod all), 11 religious exclamations (e.g. Good God, Jesus, Oh God, Oh My God). | profanity glossary |

Dream Horse SUBSTANCE USE

 – People drink in a pub in several scenes throughout the movie, a man carries a bag filled with beer cans onto a bus, a man carries a bag filled with beer cans into a racetrack viewing area and when he is told that he cannot enter with the beverages he opens one and drinks it, people drink beer on a bus, and people drink beer before a race.

Dream Horse DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Taking chances, aging, finding a purpose, hope, giving in and giving up, pride.

Dream Horse MESSAGE

 – Don’t let anyone crush your dreams.

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