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On a small farm in Kentucky, a baby zebra, abandoned as a newborn by a traveling circus, grows up believing he's really a racehorse like the thoroughbreds on the farm next door. Now, with the help of his barnyard friends and a girl who dreams of being a jockey, a young zebra will show the world his Racing Stripes.
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Critics Consensus: Racing Stripes might be good for a few laps with younger viewers, but it's too blandly predictable to truly recommend for an all-ages audience.
Peter T. Chattaway
Racing Stripes never pulls ahead of the pack, but it's good for a few laps around the track.
June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Live-action talking-animal movie has lots of potty humor.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Racing Stripes is a 2005 comedy in which a zebra raised on a farm in Kentucky wants to be the fastest on the racetrack against snobby thoroughbreds. There's quite a bit of humor involving defecation, urination, and flatulence. Profanity -- "s--t," "bitch," and "ass" -- is not quite said by characters in some scenes, but is strongly implied. There's some double entendre with words like "pecker," and when a female horse trots by, one of the male horses remarks, "Look at those flanks." Two flies eat horse excrement, and one of the flies urinates in a man's cup of espresso. A flying goose tries to defecate on the head of the antagonist. The movie also talks of how the mother of the lead teen girl died while horseracing. While there's an overall message of "It's OK to be different," that message is often drowned out by the potty humor on display throughout the movie.
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- Genre:Comedy, Family
- Release Date:January 14, 2005
- Audio Format:5.1
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