It's hard not to get excited about a movie that shows horse racing but this movie has so much more than just the horse racing. I'm always on the lookout for good family movies that I can watch with my granddaughter and great nieces and nephews...movies that display the values I feel are important in my family's lives and show, in action and words, a way of life the children in my life to pattern their lives. This movie fits the bill!
I watched the movie with a 13, 10, 5, 64 and 65 year old...and it was enjoyed by all. The kids were entranced with the horse and racing, of course, but also loved the way the Dad and little girl's relationship improved. They loved watching the little girl take the lead in working hard to make a dream come true and understood how this helped heal the relationship between the father and grandfather as well.
It taught us "older" children to remember our dreams and still fight for them and to remember to instill dreams in our children and help them grow into working for those dreams and following them.
As in life, there are some harsh scenes that made the young ones cry and ask, "is she going to die"...scary, sad scenes about scary, sad things that happen, so parents and grandparents, be prepared to help.
I would definitely buy this product again and recommend it for others. The casting was great. Dakota Fanning had good "attitude" and Kurt Russell and father, Kris Kristofferson looked and acted like they were father/son in real life. The fact that this story was inspired by a true story makes it even better.
Definitely a movie for my library!