Raise Your Voice

  • Review Date: February 14, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Made for tween girls.
  • Review Date: February 14, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 100 minutes





What parents need to know


Tense family scenes, character killed in (non-graphic) car accident.


Mild references to "bad" behavior, kissing taken seriously.


Mild language.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Teen gets drunk in response to stress, adult says she needs a drink in response to stress.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes the death of a major character in a drunk driving accident. This is powerfully but not graphically depicted, but it may make the movie too much for under-10s or even some sensitive under-12s. An adult character responds to a stressful situation by saying, "I need a drink," and an underage character gets drunk when he's upset over a misunderstanding. There's some PG-level language. The movie makes it clear that Terri thinks carefully about whether she's ready to kiss a boy, even though it's someone she really cares about. Another girl makes a reference to being "bad" to get the boy she likes, but it doesn't work.

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Kids say

What's the story?

In RAISE YOUR VOICE, Hilary Duff plays 16-year-old Terri, a good girl whose loving older brother Paul (Jason Ritter) wants her to fight back when their over-protective father (David Keith) won't let her go to the summer music program of her dreams. Even though Paul is grounded, he and Terri sneak out to go to a rock concert. On the way home, their car is hit by a drunk driver, and Paul is killed. Terri's father becomes even more strict. When she is accepted into the program her mother (Rita Wilson) and aunt (Rebecca De Mornay) conspire to find a way for her enroll. Her father thinks she is visiting her aunt. The program is more challenging than Terri imagined, filled with highly focused and very talented kids. But she makes some friends, especially a handsome composer (Oliver James) and her violinist roommate, Denise (Dana Davis). It is a competitive group, especially when it comes to who gets the solo in the big choral performance and who will win that $10,000 scholarship at the end of the summer.

Is it any good?


Squeaky-clean Hilary Duff's latest movie plays like a cross between a Disney-fied music video and a script developed by girls playing with Barbies. So, it will please its target audience of tween girls while leaving parents relieved, if not entertained. Duff has more hairdos than facial expressions, but the movie is designed around the one look she has down pat, a sort of sweet, slightly abashed, "Gosh, can I really do this? Look how adorable it is that I don't know I'm adorable" sort of look.

It does not go well when she tries to go beyond her range, as when she has to learn that her brother has died or confront someone she thinks has betrayed her, and especially in one painful moment when she tries to act "street." Similarly, the music is designed around her slight but sweet pop voice. If the studio-enhanced dubbing is a bit too obvious in the classroom scenes, it fits with the bubble-gumminess of the tunes.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Terri's father is so strict. Why was it easier for Paul to speak up than for Terri? What should Terri have done when her mother and aunt told her to lie to her father about where she was? What did Terri like best about the music program? How did her brother and her teacher give her a chance to see things within herself that she did not see before? Why didn't Jay like Robin anymore?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 8, 2004
DVD release date:February 15, 2005
Cast:Hilary Duff, Jason Ritter, Rebecca DeMornay
Director:Sean McNamara
Studio:New Line
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Music and sing-along
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:thematic elements and language

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

you may cry.....

It was a heart warming movie. you will love the voices and the ........everything. I think it should have gotten at least three stars.
Teen, 14 years old Written byHannah K. April 9, 2008

Pretty Good Movie

I watched this movie at a friends house and I really liked it. The kissing scene between Slone and Kiwi the movie could do without, I didn't even watch that part! The car accident I thought it would be messy and not cool to watch, but all you saw was a big truck light and the brother looks over at his sister and then it goes blank. The boyfriend who gets drunk doesn't do anything "bad". The part when Hilary Duff sings Someones Watching Over Me you like totally understood the meaning of the song. And at the end when they all came together and sang Jericho I thought it was really cool. If your 11 or under you might want a parent to watch it with you. I'm 12 and I totally enjoyed it. Parents if your kids are bugging you to watch this movie and your not sure if they can watch it rent it and watch it when your kids are in school or asleep. If it has parts that you think are bad explain to your kids why. If you watch it on DVD and you think that the scene between Slone and Kiwi is way too much kissing casually hit the skip forward button and your kids won't even know the difference. I really loved this movie it was so cool!
Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008

A movie about singing

This movie inspires people to sing out loud.You will love this movie its a family movie.Buy it on dvd today your sure to love it.


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