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Texas teenager John finds himself alone in the world after his mother sells the ranch where he grew up, forcing him to leave the only life he has ever known. Joined by his pal, John sets off on horseback for Mexico where the cowboy life still exists. On their way south, they encounter a variety of adventures, pick up a 13-year-old misfit and eventually arrive at a hacienda where they are hired to break horses.
Drama Western - Despite some nice photography, this slow drama is strictly for
die-hard fans of director Billy Bob Thornton or star Matt Damon (and,
if there are any die-hard fans of hers, co-star Penelope Cruz). Kids
will be bored, not that they'd be interested in the first place.
PROFANITY: Frequent use of mild and strong profanity (GD said 8 times). SEX/NUDITY: Some mild sexual scenes. VIOLENCE: Shootouts, fights, beatings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco use. ACTION: One shootout and some fights. COMEDY: Some comic lines and situations.
Much ink has been spilled on how director Billy Bob Thornton initially turned in a four-hour cut of All the Pretty Horses. While the uninvolving slog that is Horses' current incarnation doesn't exactly whet my appetite for a director's cut DVD, I can certainly see that longer version being a better film, for this cut feels like a series of Big Dramatic Moments strung together, skipping over the smaller details that gave said moments resonance in the first place.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 146 opinions. Most are in the "Very Good" to "Good" range, which usually indicates an average to above average movie. If this were a movie playing at theaters, many may not come away feeling it was worth the admission price, but I believe most would feel it's well worth a rental. It's kind of a slow drama, and a western at that, so it will not appeal to everyone. I believe those that enjoy this type of movie will find this one quite enjoyable. I did. Many negative comments were made that it was slow to start. Positive comments were that the story was good and the Cinematography was excellent.
Publisher Thoughts: (Before Opinions Were Collected)
This was not a great movie, but it was a solidly entertaining movie, even though it contained some very slow parts and some poor directing and dialogue. This is such a departure from the normal type of stories Matt Damon does that any fan may want to be sure that are willing to watch Matt Damon in this slow western story.
A sweeping odyssey about a young man's encounters with responsibility, love, revenge and survival - this is the tale of a young Texan named John Grady Cole (Matt Damon), who finds himself without a home after his mother sells the ranch where he spent his entire life. Lured by the romance of the cowboy life South of the border, and the promise of a fresh start, Cole and his best pal Lacey Rawlins (Henry Thomas) embark on the adventure they've always dreamed about.
As they make their way towards the Rio Grande, and a land far from home, they cross paths with a volatile teenage misfit (Lucas Black) — an encounter that will precipitate much of the trouble that lies ahead. Before long, Cole falls in love with the beautiful young daughter (Penelope Cruz) of a wealthy Mexican landowner, an affair forbidden by her family. As Cole follows the wild path of his heart, he is led on a journey he could never have expected — a towering journey that will test his resilience, define his maturity and change his life forever.