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Secretariat | 2010 | PG | - 2.3.3

In the story of the U.S. Hall of Fame racehorse Secretariat, which won the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in 1973, its owner (Diane Lane) is a Denver homemaker with a lawyer husband and four children. She takes the reins of her dad's (Scott Glenn) failing stables and proves that gender does not prevent greatness. Also with John Malkovich, Amanda Michalka, Dylan Walsh, Scott Glenn, Fred Thompson, James Cromwell, Kevin Connolly and Nestor Seranno. Directed by Randall Wallace. [1:55]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A slick newborn colt appears in close up, just after delivery in a horse stall.
 A little boy asks how many times a mare has had a baby, his mom answers, "13" and he responds, "You've done it four times!" and she laughs. A father tells his young daughter that they are buying horses to be mommies and daddies to little horses.
 Some women wear V-necklines that reveal minimal cleavage.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A woman talks to a man, who lies in a hospital bed, and his heart monitor flatlines indicating that the man has died. We hear that a man is suffering from dementia; he later suffers a stroke and is shown in a hospital room with a heart monitor attached.
 A man slams his hand on a table three times and insults a woman; another man begins to rise and reach for the first man, but the woman holds him back and insults the first man, who storms off and complains to a jockey that the woman is arrogant.
 Several arguments about finances and horse training occur between a horse trainer and his assistant and jockeys, between a female horse owner and her trainers, and between a wife, her husband, and her brother; many of the arguments end with apologies, and in one scene, a woman fires a trainer, he grunts and drives off quickly. A husband and wife argue about selling a horse farm.
 A woman marches into a men's-only club and a hostess follows her, stating that she cannot be there. A man on a driving range has difficulty with his golf swing, shouts several times, and throws all his golf clubs in a trash receptacle. A black and white news photo depicts a jockey thrown from a horse during a race and we later see the jockey on crutches with one leg and one arm in casts, shouting at cars to let him cross a street.
 A woman speaking on a phone drops a bowl of batter on the floor and we hear that her mother died. We hear that a man went home from a funeral and fell dead. A man says in a couple of scenes that it is being reported that he pushed a horse so hard that its heart burst. We hear that a horse has an inner lip abscess.
 We see people dressed in black and some people are teary-eyed at a graveside service; an open grave suggests that the casket has already been lowered. Three scenes depict 1970s protestors marching to end the Vietnam War; we see no police officers and protestors smile as they wave placards and chant. A Christmas protest pageant shows soldiers with rifles marching around Mary as she sings "Silent Night."
 We see a close up of a newborn colt lying on straw beside the mare, which is lying on her side; the colt is slick and shiny with birth related fluids. At a racetrack, a horse urinates on a man's foot (we see the spray and his shoe); the man grunts and walks away as the woman and her friends laugh. Several racetrack day scenes depict horses rearing and snorting at one another and two jockeys staring and frowning at each. Jockeys are covered in mud and dirt.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 3 mild obscenities (1 in French), 2 mild scatological references, 2 anatomical references, name-calling (idiot, fools, beggars, arrogant, Super Fly, Mz Chenery, stubborn, missy, Sam-I-Am, old man, pigs, lazy, Commie, secretary, hard as nails, ham, Tiny, "Missed Opportunity"), 27 instances of stereotypical references to women, housewives, teen girls, short and tall people, jockeys, advanced age, the old-boy's network, African Americans, poverty, and 1970s protestors, 1 religious profanity, 18 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man asks his wife to stop at the wine store and purchase a Riesling, men and women hold glasses containing alcoholic beverages and a few people sip once or twice in several racetrack and party scenes, a few partially filled wine glasses sit on tables (no one drinks), three people hold short alcoholic drinks (no one drinks), we see an unopened bottle of champagne, and people at racetrack stands drink from short and tall glasses (presumably alcoholic beverages).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Women's rights and roles, the 1970s, discrimination, political and social protests, overcoming poverty, horseracing, animal rights, faith, courage, determination, success, and redemption.

MESSAGE - Don't let anyone stop your dreams and run your own race and encourage others as they run their own.

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