What Parents Need to Know
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.
- Families can talk about the message that everyone has to "run their own race." What was Penny's race, and how was it different than her brother's?
- How was Penny treated differently because she was a woman? Why was she referred to as a "little lady" and "housewife" so often?
- What's the movie's message about balancing work and family? It was at times quite difficult for Penny to be away from her husband and children -- was it worth it?