Hanna's Gold

  • Review Date: March 7, 2013
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 91 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Teen treasure hunt shows drinking with consequences.
  • Review Date: March 7, 2013
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 91 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Hanna's Gold espouses a big message about learning that there are consequences for your choices. It also conveys the importance being a good role model to a younger sibling, being honest, and working hard.

Positive role models

Hanna and her sister Jasmine are both sweet, well-meaning kids who look after each other. Hanna's mother and father are both concerned parents who want to instill good values in their children.

Violence

The majority of the film shows teens in peril, and features slapsticky violence with guns present, mainly involving two escaped convicts who threaten and intimidate a trio of teens. Elsewhere the violence is fairly cartoonish head-bonking and pratfalls.

Sex

One brief scene where a teen boy gives a teen girl a quick peck.

Language

Adults say words like "damn." Lots of teen sass and back-talk involving the expression, "God!" with bonus eye-rolling included.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There's a key scene where a 16-year-old and her 13-year-old sister attend a party where underage teens knock back beers and sip on (presumably) alcoholic beverages in Solo cups. The two main characters don't imbibe themselves, but the party is busted by cops, who escort the girls home to their mother. Secret smoking by a teen behind the barn is referenced but not shown.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Hanna's Gold is a pleasant enough teen treasure-hunt adventure that involves a key scene showing underage drinking with consequences. The premise for the film involves kids and parents struggling with boundaries and behavior post-divorce. In the second half of the film, teens are shown in slapstick-style peril, hunted by escaped convicts who use guns to threaten and intimidate as they try to beat them to the loot. 

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What's the story?

With plans for summer camp on lock, 16-year-old Hanna (Morissa O'Mara) and her 13-year-old sister Jasmine (Alana O'Mara) are disheartened to learn they'll be spending the summer doing manual labor alongside dad Cole (Luke Perry) on his horse ranch, all part of a post-divorce agreement reached by their parents. But the summer takes a turn for the intriguing when old-fashioned elbow grease reveals a mysterious treasure map pointing to century's old unrecovered loot, which the sisters hope to locate without getting into trouble, and before a felonious duo with their own map beat them to it.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Oh, the dream of so many family movies: That by just taking their cell phones and putting 'em to work, parents can force teens to trade the sass for some sympathy, or at least for an understanding of their parents' sacrifices. HANNA'S GOLD is one more movie that searches for this familial buried treasure.

It's no Goonies, of course, but this similarly driven flick takes a decided turn for the better when that treasure map shows up -- thar's gold in them thar hills -- and the pace quickens with it. Kids and parents will enjoy the chase, right down to the thieves in pursuit and the general feel of the peril. And parents can also ponder Luke Perry as a tough ranch dad, the former bad boy skulking around Beverly Hills 90210 all grown up. And, of course, dream of the day when perhaps their own teenagers can learn such an adventurous, if tidy, lesson about consequences.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about underage drinking and its consequences. What is the legal age for drinking alcohol? What are the consequences of getting caught with alcohol underage? Parents can read these tips for discussing alcohol in the media. 

  • Divorce is a common situation in many families today, but that doesn't make it easy to negotiate. How do families you know with divorced parents navigate family arrangements and spending time together?

  • Read online about famous treasure hunts, such as the discovery of the famous Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha.

Movie details

DVD release date:August 16, 2011
Cast:Dan Benson, Kevin M. Horton, Luke Perry, Morissa O'Mara
Director:Joel Souza
Studio:Phase 4 Films
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Brothers and sisters, Horses and farm animals, Pirates
Run time:91 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13

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