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Casey's Shadow Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 9+

A complex tale of morals and animal cruelty.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a quite likable story about a man struggling to do the right thing by his horse -- and his sons. The birth of a colt, in all its messiness, may be too intense for younger children. The mare dies in childbirth. The mother has abandoned the family. The greed of trainers and abuse of horses is a strong theme. The father-son relationships are strong, but the pacing is a bit slow. Younger kids or easily-distracted children will lose interest. There's a nice teenage jockey angle that's likely to compel teens. All children interested in horses will enjoy this movie.

  • Families can talk about what they would risk to be a winner.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Ultimately the movie takes a strong stance against cruelty to animals, as Lloyd's desire to win leads to the horse's demise. Plenty of wagering on the horses.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not an issue

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    Sex: A teenager complains that he will never get "laid" and that he's "horny."

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    Language: Some mild swears.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The father drinks a fair bit.