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"WAR HORSE"
(2011) (Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Moderate
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Mild
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) Heavy
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Mild
Sex/Nudity Minor
Smoking Heavy
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: A young man's horse is sold into service in WWI and ends up going through various owners and experiences during the war, all while his original owner hopes he might see him again.
PLOT:
It's 1914 and Albert Narracott (JEREMY IRVINE) is a young man who lives on a remote farm with his alcoholic father, Ted (PETER MULLAN), and long-suffering mother, Rose (EMILY WATSON). When Ted decides on a whim to outbid everyone else for a horse better suited for racing than plowing the fields, it seems that the landowner from whom they rent their place, Lyons (DAVID THEWLIS), will take back their farm. Albert is determined, however, that he can train Joey for such work and succeeds.

A bout of bad luck, however, ruins their crop, thus forcing Ted to sell the horse to Captain Nicholls (TOM HIDDLESTON) with the British military. Albert is heartbroken, and thus Nicholls agrees that he's just leasing Joey and will, if at all possible, return him to the young man upon the end of the war.

From that point on, the horse ends up in various battles as well as various hands, including that of Emilie (CELINE BUCKENS), a young girl who lives with her Grandfather (NIELS ARESTRUP). After the Germans confiscate the horse, he ends up with horse-keeper Gunther (DAVID KROSS) and his 14-year-old brother, Michael (LEONHARD CAROW), who go AWOL from the war.

As the months and years pass, Joey continues to move on from one person and perilous experience to the next, all as Albert finally ends up in the war and wonders if he'll ever see his horse again.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're into horses or movies about them and/or WWI, they might be interested to some degree.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For intense sequences of war violence.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
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