Parents' Guide to

God Bless the Broken Road

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Heavy themes, war violence in keep-the-faith drama.

Movie PG 2018 113 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 5+

Very good family movie

We really enjoyed this movie. Sometimes it was a surprise, as to the storyline, which is always a treat. Very nice surprise on the final race car. We all loved the movie!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 15+

Watch it

Valuable story. Not perfect and odd in places but worth watching in spite of this. The character is a war widow and her story represents so many out there. The bigger message is that none of us is better off going it alone. JUST WATCH IT!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (1):

This faith-based drama weaves a story that combines God, the military, small-town life, country music, and NASCAR; if it seems like it's pandering to a specific audience, it is. That's because God Bless the Broken Road (which comes from God's Not Dead writer-director Harold Cronk) isn't about recruitment or inspiring debate -- it's serving up a movie to an audience that's not likely to see movies that don't have those elements. The movie's many messages aren't hard to miss; they're declared clearly within the dialogue, usually a few times. But the film's purpose -- to show how "the broken road" is actually a blessing in Amber's life -- may be fuzzy to all except the target audience.

Production values are solid, and the film comes off like a Hallmark movie in every way, including casting frequent Hallmark player Walker in the role of Amber's respectful gentleman caller. Familiar faces pop up playing smaller, supporting characters -- including Kim Delaney and Robin Givens (both give total pro performances), as well as American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, former NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson, and stock car racer Cody Coughlin. But it's Pulsipher who capably carries the film, making every viewer an empathetic companion.

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