A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One brief scene where a teen boy gives a teen girl a quick peck.
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Adults say words like "damn." Lots of teen sass and back-talk involving the expression, "God!" with bonus eye-rolling included.
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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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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, they'll dream of the day when perhaps their own teenagers can learn such an adventurous, if tidy, lesson about consequences. HANNA'S GOLD is just one more movie that searches for this familial buried treasure.
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