As Rocky on four legs, Seabiscuit works just fine – it’s a stately,
based-on-fact drama about the unlikely champion racehorse of the 1930s and the jockey (Tobey
Maguire), trainer (Chris Cooper) and owner (Jeff Bridges) who made him. Writer-director Gary Ross stretches his underdog theme a bit too far by envisioning the horse as an emblem of American resiliency during the Depression, but the riveting race scenes make up for any intellectual pretension.
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