Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Buck is a riveting documentary about horse whisperer Buck Brannaman, whose backstory features how he turned an abusive childhood into a unique understanding of horses. It's a fascinating character study, but there are multiple references to his childhood abuse, descriptions of his father's violent tactics and drunkenness, and a scene of a wild horse attacking a man, leaving him bleeding and in need of stitches. Profanity includes "holy s--t," "son of a bitch," and "damn." The story is a powerful one -- and compellingly told -- about transformation and triumph over personal adversity, but it's best for older kids who can handle the heavy themes.
A few graphic descriptions of the verbal and physical abuse of children, including descriptions of welts on the back and removal from the home; a horse attacks and bites a man's head, leaving him bleeding and in need of stitches.
"Damn" several times; "holy s--t," "son of a bitch."
Resilience; overcoming great obstacles on the path to success; the power of how we treat others; the possibility for change or not repeating abuse.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Mixed drinks served at a party. Descriptions of a father's drunkenness.