Parents' Guide to

Beautifully Broken

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Inspiring true story has violent genocide flashbacks.

Movie PG-13 2018 108 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Finally a High Quality Christian Movie

IMO most Christian movies are cheesy, low-budget, and have terrible scripts and acting. They portray being a Christian as God radically changing your life right after conversion or that all you have to do is go into your prayer closet and soon after all of your prayers will be answered. This movie is different. Great actors portray what it is really like to trust God. Sometimes we have to wait years, or decades for God to answer prayer. This shows 3 families who are struggling with having faith in God and not giving up hope through their struggles. I think this movie can be an encouragement to us to keep praying through our darkest times. There are some disturbing scenes depicting Rwanda's history. There is no blood and they quickly cut the scene when someone is shot or killed by a machete. I plan to allow my 11 and 13 year olds to watch it but will first talk to them about Rwanda's history to help them understand that this is not "movie violence" but something that happened to real people. The rape scene just shows the man entering the bathroom, locking the door, and putting his hand over the girl's mouth. Later on when she talks about it she never says "rape". She just said "He did something bad to me." You can easily tell younger kids that someone hurt her without going into the details. I think this is an excellent film for all Christians and can open up some deep conversations with our kids.

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Great messages
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Is It Any Good?

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Circling around the 1994 Rwanda genocide and offering themes of redemption and forgiveness, this inspiring true story drags a little but has its heart in the right place. Beautifully Broken scores when it focuses on the love that its three fathers have for their families -- and the extraordinary (and sometimes horrible) things they do to protect these families. Rwandan refugee William leaves his wife and daughter for years to make a new life for them in America, Mugenzi reluctantly joins a killing squad to keep soldiers from harming his family, and Randy changes his life to focus more on his troubled daughter. Sympathetically depicted, the sacrifices the three dads make may have sensitive viewers misting up.

Still, this movie isn't easy to watch. Though the scenes set during the genocide are non-graphic, they're scary and horrific. And on the other side of things, the family drama drags a bit. Viewers may be able to predict every beat of Andrea's downfall and redemption, and the film is neither written or acted strongly enough to elevate the material above a "Very Special Episode" level. Time your bathroom/phone-checking breaks for the Hartley segments of the movie, and sit up and pay attention during the scenes when Mugenzi rejoins his family after imprisonment and William heads back to Rwanda to find out what became of his family during the war. These moments are this movie's beating heart: regretful, tender, and full of hope.

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