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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It's important to find your place in the world. People should tell themselves the truth. Compassion, patience, and understanding can help pave the way to communication. While self-control is important, one can be in control all the time. It's important to let go of useless obsessions. When life gets difficult, don't give up and hide; stay and fight.
Positive Role Models
A woman considers cheating on her husband but decides against it for the sake of her family. A man who lost a love allows himself to love again. A girl who loses her leg finds a reason to live.
Violence & Scariness
A girl and her horse are killed in a collision with a truck. The impact is blurred so the gore is minimized, but a horse's bloody wounds are shown. Another girl and horse are badly injured.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man and woman who have been working together are suddenly aware they're attracted to each other, conveyed in long stares and a momentary touch. They kiss passionately fully clothed.
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"S--t," "hell," "damn," "Jesus," "Christ," "SOB."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Horse Whisperer is a 1998 movie based on the Nicholas Evans novel of the same name. It depicts an accident that kills a girl and her horse and seriously injures another girl and horse. Those deaths and injuries inform all aspects of the rest of the nearly three-hour story. The surviving girl and horse both undergo gentle but firm therapy, and the famous Robert Redford-directed piece epically covers their slow and painful progress with beauty and eloquence. Profanity includes "s--t," "hell," "damn," "Jesus," "Christ," and "SOB." Finding one's place in the world, letting go, and the nature of love are all themes, which lead to a married woman deciding if she values her family above her personal needs. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
As directed with serene intensity by Redford, viewers get to move in and live in this movie for its nearly three-hour running time, and it's a memorable stay. Redford plays the whisperer of the title, a gentle rancher who waits patiently for a frightened horse, a wounded girl, and her tightly wound mother to trust him and thereby find peace in themselves. Performances are as beautiful as the scenery is magnificent. The young and eerily precocious Scarlett Johansson already has the stillness and intelligence of her later work. Kristin Scott Thomas as the high-strung mother is both pitiable and magnetizing, ready to be humanized by her attraction to the sensitive rancher. The Horse Whisperer is about letting go of old pain, useless baggage, and self-destructive ways. Although it does not advise that love conquers all, it does advocate for love's healing power.
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