Bridges' warm and avuncular presence can have a negative impact when thrown into unashamedly cheesy fare. His best movies are seasoned with a bit of edge, and Seabiscuit acts as a cautionary tale against overdosing on schmaltz.
Here Bridges plays one of three men whose life is changed by the little horse that could in depression era US. Seabiscuit hits all the required feel-good notes, but does so with the restraint of an unbroken gee-gee.
Bridges isn't the only highly competent thesp rendered useless by the syrupy script: William H. Macy and Chris Cooper also struggle to find their footing in the sugar avalanche.