Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this 1970s-set biopic about Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) and her extraordinary horse, Secretariat, has very little content that's inappropriate for kids, although very young viewers probably won't be too excited about a horse movie in which the horse doesn't talk. It deals with sexism in the horse-breeding community and a woman's "place" in the business sphere in the early 1970s, but the language is still rather mild (mostly just stuff like "housewife" used derisively, for example). Penny is a fantastic role model for kids -- particularly young women -- and the story is uplifting and educational for families.
Some young viewers may be disturbed by the deaths of Penny's parents.
Infrequent use of "hell," "crap," and "damn." A character says something in French that, according to another character, is something that would probably get him slapped by his mother, but the words aren't translated. Penny is occasionally referred to derisively as a "housewife," "little girl," "little lady," etc. by sexist-sounding men. In one instance, her "woman's intuition" is mocked by a rival horse owner.
The overwhelming message is that everyone should take the risk to "run their own race," no matter how unlikely it seems at first that you'll win. Penny's unwavering belief in Secretariat and her ability to know which people she should ask for help show that with enough guidance, training, practice, and focus, you can achieve your goals.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Adults at a party drink champagne.