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(2003), PG-13
Analysis Date: July 25, 2003
CAP Score: 60 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: 0.71

MinMax: -73

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2003), PG-13 -- ...not a teen movie with an attitude.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Universal Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Spyglass Entertainment, Larger Than Life Productions, The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Distribution (US): Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Distribution LLC
Director(s): Gary Ross
Producer(s): Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Robin Bissell, Patricia Churchill, Patricia Churchill, Kathleen Kennedy, Tobey Maguire, Frank Marshall, Gary Ross, Jane Sindell, Allison Thomas, Billy Frank
Written by/Screenplay: Laura Hillenbrand (book), Gary Ross (screenplay)
Cinematography/Camera: John Schwartzman
Music: Randy Newman
Film Editing: William Goldenberg
Casting: Terri Taylor, Debra Zane
Production Design: Jeannine Claudia Oppewall
Art Direction: Andrew Neskoromny
Viewed At: AMC 10 - Hulen, Fort Worth, Texas

Seabiscuit is based on the true story, same-named book by Laura Hillenbrand about a 1930s great horse racing success story during depression-era America. A ne'er-do-well horse is taken under the wing of a ne'er-do-well trainer then a ne'er-do-well jockey hopeful. And it is about gambling, though not much evidence of gambling is shown.

Businessman Charles Howard (Jeff Bridges) is a bike maker. Fed up with the bike-making business, a customer arrives with a busted boiler in a Stanley Steamer car. Dared to fix it, Howard learns about car making that day. From then on, Howard becomes a wealthy man selling cars. Soon thereafter, his son takes a joy ride in the family truck and is killed. Howard's wife leaves him and he becomes a wealthy broken man.

After remarrying, Howard becomes slowly able to cope and becomes interested in horses. Howard hires Tom Smith (Chris Cooper) as his horse whisperer. Smith is the one who discovers Seabiscuit, a horse with good breeding and pedigree but little drive. Seabiscuit is consistently a looser in the races and becomes lame. Destined for the glue factory, Seabiscuit's future does not look good ... until Smith shows up. Smith is not one to kill a horse and decides to take Seabiscuit to care for him. Now comes another character with little drive. Red Pollard (Tobey McGuire).

Pollard had spent most of his life on the streets as a failed boxer and a too-tall jockey. But Smith sees in Pollard something like he saw in Seabiscuit. Both Seabiscuit and Pollard had not amounted to much until Smith got a-hold of them and made them realize their worth, Smith to Pollard then Pollard to Seabiscuit. This is a good story of the bond between man an animal.

Soon, Seabiscuit starts to win races at Santa Anita Park and soon thereafter not only continues to win races but starts setting Park records. All of this change in heart of both rider and horse comes about because of the bonding that develops between Pollard and Seabiscuit. Now the Triple Crown winner, War Admiral becomes less that a distant intimidation but a hopeful for a one-on-one race. The deal is made. The race date is set at Pimlico with a $100,000 purse for November 18(?), 1938.

The rest of the story is for your discovery. But be advised this is a PG-13 movie. And it is adult fare, not only because if the ignominy in it but because the subject matter and delivery are not likely of interest to the toddler to teen crowds. Though "Spider-Man" (McGuire) is playing in it, it is not a teen movie with an attitude. It appears to require a little more experiential maturity than the typical adolescent possesses.

The most severe point loss was in Impudence/Hate (I) due mainly to the use of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8] with some lying [Rev. 21:8]. Next in decreasing severity of point loss was in Drugs/Alcohol (D) due to drinking, drunkenness and smoking [1Cor. 6:9-10, 1 Cor. 6:19]. Offense to God (O) was next up the severity ladder due to the use of His name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11]. A couple rungs up the ladder of decreasing severity was Wanton Violence/Crime (W) due mainly to death by vehicle, a man being drug by a horse, graphically and brutality. Sexual Immorality (S) was second from the top of the ladder due to things such as a prostitute stripping for her trick (only her rear shoulders seen), adults playing sex games in underwear and one episode of a man and a woman in bed together in their underwear [Mark 7:21]. Murder/Suicide (M) set atop the ladder since there were no murders or suicides in the movie. Other issues you may want to know about are found in the itemized listing of findings in the Findings/Scoring section.

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  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • 1Cor. 6:9-10 Do you not know that the [unforgiven] wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
  • 1 Cor. 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain [shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity]: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Mark 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, ...

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.


    Seabiscuit (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • brutality to win
  • brutality because of losing race
  • gambling (low key)
  • death of young boy due to joy riding
  • boxing violence
  • bully tactics
  • a man being drug by a horse to a graphic injury

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 26 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lie to bag
  • lie to console
  • vulgar gesture

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • prostitution, twice
  • face in bosom
  • adults in underwear playing sex games
  • man and woman in bed in their underwear
  • prostitute stripping for her trick (only her read shoulders seen)
  • porn pics in background

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • bar
  • booze
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)
  • ten uses of God's name in vain, four with the four letter expletive and six without

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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