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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
After Alejandra sleeps with Cole, she loses her family's love.
Violence & Scariness
Cole must fight in order to stay alive in prison. Both he and Rawlins get beat up, and Cole ends up stabbing a man to death. A main character dragged away and executed (offscreen). Some gunfighting. Some prison brawling.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Cole and Alejandra kiss and swim naked (we only see shoulders). Later, we see them in bed together.
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Frequent course language used in conversation, but no extreme expletives.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that a main character is dragged away and shot while his friends wait and listen. There is some prison brawling. After Alejandra sleeps with Cole, she loses her family's love. Frequent coarse language is used in conversation, but no extreme expletives. Cole lies to Rocha about riding into Mexico with Blevins and pursues a secret affair with his daughter. Cole and Alejandra kiss and swim naked (viewers only see shoulders). Later, we see them in bed together. Cole must fight in order to stay alive in prison. Both he and Rawlins get beat up, and Cole ends up stabbing a man to death. There is some gunfighting. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Only young Lucas Black (Sling Blade, Flash) seems to belong in this story about young boys devoted to horses, guns, and friendship. Henry Thomas and Matt Damon are solidly fine as the central buddy figures. They handle their horses well, but don't seem to understand the poetry beneath the frank, drawling dialogue, much of which screenwriter Ted Tally took directly from the Cormac McCarthy novel the film is based on. And so little attention is paid to developing the story's romance that viewers might wonder why the love story is even included. It's love at first site for Alejandra and Cole, a few brief scenes of flirtation, and then the "falling in love montage." Since so much of the subsequent events in the story follow from the tragic fact of their love, director Thorton would have been smart to spend more time making sure viewers would feel its power.
ALL THE PRETTY HORSES was shot to show as much Texan and Mexican landscape as possible. The screen fills up with one gorgeous view after another, but, as we start to feel the need to know the characters more intimately, the vistas become overwhelming. The movie should attract adults familiar with the book, and older teens familiar with the actors; both groups will most likely end up with an entertaining, but uneventful viewing experience. The stunning book is adequately adapted, but the big-screen heartthrobs don't do anything extraordinary onscreen.
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