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Analysis Date: July 25, 2003
CAP Score: 60 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: 0.71
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(2003), PG-13 -- ...not a teen movie with an attitude.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Universal Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Spyglass Entertainment, Larger Than Life Productions, The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Distribution (US): Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Distribution LLC
Director(s): Gary Ross
Producer(s): Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Robin Bissell, Patricia Churchill, Patricia Churchill, Kathleen Kennedy, Tobey Maguire, Frank Marshall, Gary Ross, Jane Sindell, Allison Thomas, Billy Frank
Written by/Screenplay: Laura Hillenbrand (book), Gary Ross (screenplay)
Cinematography/Camera: John Schwartzman
Music: Randy Newman
Film Editing: William Goldenberg
Casting: Terri Taylor, Debra Zane
Production Design: Jeannine Claudia Oppewall
Art Direction: Andrew Neskoromny
Viewed At: AMC 10 - Hulen, Fort Worth, Texas
Seabiscuit is based on the true story, same-named book by Laura Hillenbrand about a 1930s great horse racing success story during depression-era America. A ne'er-do-well horse is taken under the wing of a ne'er-do-well trainer then a ne'er-do-well jockey hopeful. And it is about gambling, though not much evidence of gambling is shown.
Businessman Charles Howard (Jeff Bridges) is a bike maker. Fed up with the bike-making business, a customer arrives with a busted boiler in a Stanley Steamer car. Dared to fix it, Howard learns about car making that day. From then on, Howard becomes a wealthy man selling cars. Soon thereafter, his son takes a joy ride in the family truck and is killed. Howard's wife leaves him and he becomes a wealthy broken man.
After remarrying, Howard becomes slowly able to cope and becomes interested in horses. Howard hires Tom Smith (Chris Cooper) as his horse whisperer. Smith is the one who discovers Seabiscuit, a horse with good breeding and pedigree but little drive. Seabiscuit is consistently a looser in the races and becomes lame. Destined for the glue factory, Seabiscuit's future does not look good ... until Smith shows up. Smith is not one to kill a horse and decides to take Seabiscuit to care for him. Now comes another character with little drive. Red Pollard (Tobey McGuire).
Pollard had spent most of his life on the streets as a failed boxer and a too-tall jockey. But Smith sees in Pollard something like he saw in Seabiscuit. Both Seabiscuit and Pollard had not amounted to much until Smith got a-hold of them and made them realize their worth, Smith to Pollard then Pollard to Seabiscuit. This is a good story of the bond between man an animal.
Soon, Seabiscuit starts to win races at Santa Anita Park and soon thereafter not only continues to win races but starts setting Park records. All of this change in heart of both rider and horse comes about because of the bonding that develops between Pollard and Seabiscuit. Now the Triple Crown winner, War Admiral becomes less that a distant intimidation but a hopeful for a one-on-one race. The deal is made. The race date is set at Pimlico with a $100,000 purse for November 18(?), 1938.
The rest of the story is for your discovery. But be advised this is a PG-13 movie. And it is adult fare, not only because if the ignominy in it but because the subject matter and delivery are not likely of interest to the toddler to teen crowds. Though "Spider-Man" (McGuire) is playing in it, it is not a teen movie with an attitude. It appears to require a little more experiential maturity than the typical adolescent possesses.
The most severe point loss was in Impudence/Hate (I) due mainly to the use of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8] with some lying [Rev. 21:8]. Next in decreasing severity of point loss was in Drugs/Alcohol (D) due to drinking, drunkenness and smoking [1Cor. 6:9-10, 1 Cor. 6:19]. Offense to God (O) was next up the severity ladder due to the use of His name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11]. A couple rungs up the ladder of decreasing severity was Wanton Violence/Crime (W) due mainly to death by vehicle, a man being drug by a horse, graphically and brutality. Sexual Immorality (S) was second from the top of the ladder due to things such as a prostitute stripping for her trick (only her rear shoulders seen), adults playing sex games in underwear and one episode of a man and a woman in bed together in their underwear [Mark 7:21]. Murder/Suicide (M) set atop the ladder since there were no murders or suicides in the movie. Other issues you may want to know about are found in the itemized listing of findings in the Findings/Scoring section.
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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