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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story | 2005 | PG | - 1.3.2

A man (Kurt Russell) has vowed to never have a horse on his horse farm again, after a disagreement with his father (Kris Kristofferson) over the running of the once vibrant farm. But when a promising racehorse takes a bad fall on the racetrack and is forsaken by her owner, he takes the horse in and his young daughter (Dakota Fanning) falls in love with her. Also with Elisabeth Shue and Freddy Rodriguez. Directed by John Gatins. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A woman kisses her husband. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage in a few scenes, and a low-cut dress in another scene.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A horse falls during a race (its front legs seems to buckle out from under it), and it falls forward throwing its rider to the track, and other horses charge past them.
 A horse with a girl on its back races away from a barn, a man in a truck chases them, he stops the truck and stands along the road, and the girl jumps from the horse and the man catches her (they both fall on the ground but are uninjured). A jockey loses his foothold while racing a horse and nearly falls off.
 A horse confronts another horse, and one rears up and comes down hard on its injured leg. Horses are loaded into a starting gate (there's loud clanking of metal gates and horses snorting), and they charge out of the gate and run furiously.
 We see several scars on a man's chest and shoulders and he talks about falling from a horse during a race and being trampled by other horses on the track.
 A girl runs in front of a pick up truck as it begins to move forward, and the truck stops. A girl standing on a bucket falls off and into a horse's stall, the horse is spooked, and it whinnies and kicks (the horse is suspended above the floor to allow an injury to heal).
 A wounded horse whinnies and cries and men discuss putting it to sleep because it has a broken leg. Men argue over whether to save or destroy a wounded horse.
 A girl drinks coffee that is thick with grounds and she gags.


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LANGUAGE 2 - 1 mild anatomical term, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid), 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man in the stands at a racetrack smokes a cigarette.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Dreams, goals, aspirations, dreams of children, the business of horse racing, horse breeding, horse training, pushing horses beyond their capacity, disappointment, instinct, infertility, greed, unsportsmanlike conduct, farm foreclosures, bitterness, victory.

MESSAGE - We should allow our children to pursue dreams even if they may fail.

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