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Ready to Run

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Tween sports drama teaches self-belief and perseverance.

Movie NR 2000 96 minutes
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Acting as a kind of underdog story for Corrie and her horse, TJ, this heartwarming tale shows the importance of working hard and sticking to your morals when it comes to pursuing your dreams. Sweet touches, such as Corrie and TJ repeating the same words of encouragement to each other, will definitely tug at the heartstrings. There are also some lighthearted moments in Ready to Run that are sure to raise a laugh. For example, bumbling jockey Moody trying on ridiculous racing outfits and engaging in general buffoonery.

Perez imbues her fairly generic character with warmth and heart, and will make a likable role model for tweens. Though the world of horse racing is closely associated with some adult themes, the distress of animals and mention of gambling are kept to a minimum, while still allowing the movie to remain relatively realistic. The story is typically predictable, but reassuringly so, and its strong positive message and uplifting ending will make it a hit with parents and kids alike.

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