Picture from Secretariat
Overall A

When business looks bad for her father's company, Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) takes over his horse stables, even though she is only a housewife. Hiring an experienced trainer (John Malkovich) she bets everything on a promising animal named Secretariat. This movie is based on the true story of the 1973 Triple Crown winner.

Violence A-
Sexual Content A-
Profanity A-
Substance Use B-

MPAA Rating: PG for brief mild language.

Talk to your kids about…


How does Penny’s determination pay off in the end? What sacrifices do she and her family make? Who else takes risks in this story?

What limitations did many women face during this era? How does she handle the opposition from others in the industry? Do you agree with her mantra that a person should run at life? What might have happened if Secretariat had not won the Triple Crown?

While Penny had a dream, it took many other people to make it a reality. What impact did her father have on her? Who else contributed to the success of this horse?