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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This movie intends to entertain, not educate, but in some ways it captures the realities of the Great Depression.
Through her actions, Sonora shows that, as one of the characters says, "If you want something bad enough, anything's possible."
Positive Role Models
Sonora refuses to take "no" for an answer as she pursues her dream of being a "diving girl" in the carnival. She perseveres through tragic circumstances.
Violence & Scariness
Sonora has a major accident with injury near the end of the movie. Several brief fisticuffs and shoving matches. Sonora bloodies her nose while learning how to jump on a moving horse. Some of the scenes of Sonora and the horse diving from the high dive into the water-filled tub may be a bit scary. Sonora is verbally bullied by kids in her hometown after she cuts her hair.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two characters who later fall in love and get married briefly kiss after having a swim in a pond together.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken is a coming-of-age story about a determined and persistent young orphan. It might be inspiring for young viewers and teach them a bit about the Great Depression. Sonora falls quite a bit while training and bloodies her nose, and a major injury later in the film may be tough to take for younger viewers. But on the whole, the film is filled with positive messages of self-reliance and pursuing your dreams. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Despite the formulaic story, this film stands out from the pack through its evocation of the Depression era and through its representation of traveling carnival life through those difficult times.
Though characters essentially stick to archetypes of the "comeback kid" form, Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken does take some unanticipated twists in the storyline, and for those in the family who love horses, this film should prove to be an enjoyable and inspiring experience.
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