All the Pretty Horses

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -2 1/2

After his grandfather dies in 1949, John Grady Cole (Matt Damon) learns that his mother, a city dweller, plans to sell the family's west Texas ranch, which is all John Grady has ever known. So, he and his best friend, Lacey Rawlins (Henry Thomas), decide to travel to Old Mexico, where cowhands are still in demand. On the way, a young man named Jimmy Blevins (Lucas Black) joins them and proves to be a handful for the two friends. Eventually, Blevins heads his own way and the cowboys' journey takes them to one of the largest ranches in all of Mexico, owned by Don Hector Rocha (Ruben Blades). While working on the ranch, John is immediately attracted to Rocha's beautiful daughter, Alejandra (Penelope Cruz). But an incident with Blevins a few months earlier comes back to haunt the Texas boys. ALL THE PRETTY HORSES features some beautiful cinematography of the expansive West Texas prairie and rugged mountains of Mexico. Although Damon and Cruz should draw the crowds, the story seems disjointed and pointless which could shorten the box office run.

In their journey, John Grady and Lacey hold several discussions about God, heaven, and hell. While this somewhat spiritual theme appears to tie the ends of the film together, its connection to the story is difficult to understand. One character clearly expresses belief in a god, but what he means is unclear. A sexual relation is implied with Alejandra and side breast nudity occurs in a few scenes. One scene shows a brutal killing. Foul language is the biggest offender as the cowboys' conversation often includes obscenities, strong profanities, and crudities. Rough language, sexual content, and a brutally violent scene make ALL THE PRETTY HORSES an undesirable ride.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Miramax Films, 375 Greenwich, NY, NY 10013

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (36) times - Mild 22, Moderate 14

Obscene Language: Many (16) times -S-word

Profanity: Many (15) times Regular 11 (J 1, GD 8, Swear to G 1, By G 1); Exclamatory 4 (MG, Good G, OG 2)

Violence: Many times Moderate (man pushed out of door, man thrown to ground, man dragged, men thrown against prison bars, man stabbed and violently killed, man hit in head, man shot in leg, man burns wound in leg to heal it, men wrestle)

Sex: Few times Mostly implied (unmarried couple in bed with side breast nudity shown briefly, implied while swimming - brief side breast nudity, unmarried couple spends night together)

Nudity: Twice (side female breast in sex scenes)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Many times (smoking, alcohol)

Other: Character expresses belief in God; selfish behavior shown as negative trait

Running Time: 135 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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