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The Secret: Dare to Dream | 2020 | PG | – 1.3.2

content-ratingsWhy is “The Secret: Dare to Dream” rated PG? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “language and an injury image.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a couple of kissing scenes and some cleavage revealing outfits, a plane crash where a man dies and another man is injured, a hurricane that causes damage to a house, a fender bender, several arguments, and some moderate language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


When a widow (Katie Holmes) with three children and struggling with overwhelming debt meets a kind stranger (Josh Lucas) who tries to convince her that positive thinking brings positive outcomes, her life changes in unexpected ways. Based on the 2006 self-help book “The Secret,” which alleged that upbeat thoughts alone are capable of altering reality. Also with Jerry O’Connell, Celia Weston, Sarah Hoffmeister, Aidan Pierce Brennan, Chloe Lee and Katrina Begin. Directed by Andy Tennant. [Running Time: 1:47]

The Secret: Dare to Dream SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A man and woman hold hands and kiss in a parking lot. A woman kisses a man. A man proposes to a woman in a crowded restaurant and she accepts; they then kiss.
 A woman says about a man, “He’s hot,” and asks if he has a girlfriend. A woman tells her teen daughter that a man she just met is, “The last honest man.” A boy tells a man that his mother does not love the man she plans to marry. A teen girl tells her mother after she gets engaged, “You’re the one who has to sleep with him.”
 A teen girl wears a short skirt that reveals her legs to mid-thighs. A woman wears low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in a couple of scenes.


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The Secret: Dare to Dream VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – We see the aftermath of a plane crash and see a man with a bloody head wound; he pulls himself out of the wreckage and we see him rescued and we later hear that there was another man in the crash that did not survive.
 A woman confronts a man about something she was told about him and slaps him in the face; they argue briefly, she shoves him and tells him to leave. A woman argues with her teenage daughter while driving and crashes into a car in front of her (there are no injuries); we see her bumper damaged and she kicks it in anger. A storm blows and pours down rain, as we hear glass shatter in a house; a woman investigates and finds large tree limbs has crashed through the roof and she guides her three children to a bathroom where they sleep. We see damage in a house the morning after a hurricane and the power is out, the floors are flooded and a large tree limb is shown having crashed through the roof and into the kitchen. A woman is shown at a cemetery at the gravestone of her husband.
 We hear reports of landfall of a tropical storm and predictions of where it will hit as we see people piling sandbags and boarding up buildings. We hear that a woman’s husband died and we understand later that he died in a plane crash. A man talks about being devastated when he and his wife divorced. We hear that a woman has been charged an overdraft fee and that she is deep in debt.
 We hear children screaming inside a house when they say they saw a spider. Two women briefly discuss climate change and one says, “I blame cows.” A woman talks about her teenage daughter needing attitude adjustment. A teenage girl argues with her mother and tells her, “I don’t want a party.” A teen girl argues with her mother about them not having money to do anything. A young girl says, “Wind scares me,” as a storm begins to blow. A woman talks about black mold growing in a house. A young girl says that her toast tastes “gross” and a woman tells her it is gluten free. A boy throws away a box with something he built inside it in anger. A woman says that she doesn’t know how to be happy any longer. A woman tells another woman, “I don’t want you to blow this.” A woman tells a man, “You’ve got some nerve.” A woman tells a man, “I don’t need anyone to fix me.”
 A woman is shown in a dentist’s chair and she moans as he touches one of her teeth with an exploratory tool; we hear that she needs a root canal.
 A woman chews on a piece of salt-water taffy and spits it out when it hurts a bad tooth to chew on. A teen girl talks about sticking a kernel of corn up her nose when she was young and fearing that it would grow into a corncob.


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The Secret: Dare to Dream LANGUAGE 2

 – 1 mild scatological term, 1 anatomical term, 11 mild obscenities, name-calling (awful, terrible, liar, stupid, weird, lousy, poor people, stressed, serial killer, old people, stubborn, gross, devastated, angry, charity case, all your baggage, ridiculous, thief, frail, helpless, living under a cloud), exclamations (freaking, I swear, oh my gosh, what the heck, get over it, oh no, what on Earth for, you snooze you lose), 6 religious exclamations (e.g. Thank God, Oh My God, Oh My Lord, God’s Way Of Staying Anonymous). | profanity glossary |


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The Secret: Dare to Dream SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man drinks a beer in a couple of scenes, a man drinks a glass of whiskey, a woman drinks a glass of wine in a couple of scenes, and people in a restaurant are shown with glasses of wine and beer.


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The Secret: Dare to Dream DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Miracles, hurricanes, debt, death of loved ones, hope, moving on, life lessons, second chances, loss, fear, popularity, coincidence, climate change, being a teenager.

The Secret: Dare to Dream MESSAGE

 – Staying emotionally positive can change the way concrete circumstances turn out in life.

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