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Parents' Guide to

The Derby Stallion

By Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Horse story has positive message, some intense themes.

Movie PG 2005 98 minutes
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age 4+

Based on 1 parent review

age 4+

Great Movie

This is a great movie I personally love it how Patrick stood up for Houston. Houston is such a great guy for teaching Patrick how to ride the horse. It also is a very excellent movie because it basically tells you don't judge a book by its cover and how to beat a bully with kindness and Patrick did that and he won the derby I just love this movie so much

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

It has a clichéd premise with some pretty stereotypical characters (the privileged rich kid who's a bully; the wise mentor who's a person of color; the wholesome, blond working-class hero). But The Derby Stallion does try to go a little deeper than your average horse tale. Houston's history, in particular, digs into some interesting themes about race relations, class, and why people use alcohol to cope. It's a somewhat shallow exploration but appropriate given that it's a family film.

Animal lovers may wish there were more scenes of actual horse riding (and that what is shown were more realistic), but they'll still probably enjoy watching Patrick learn to love horses. Parents will like the clean and positive messages.

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