Parents' Guide to

The Break

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Docu about homeless youth empowers and inspires.

TV MTV Reality TV 2012
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The Break is an interesting -- and voyeuristic -- look into the lives of three of America's 1.5 million homeless young people. While the stories about how these young people got to the streets are sad, what makes this documentary compelling is the importance placed on assuming responsibility for the choices they've made. The Break also points out that there's no quick fix to their problems and that it will take a lot of commitment and hard work to become self-sufficient and realize their life goals.

It isn't easy to listen to some of the featured folks' struggles, but their willingness to take charge of their lives and take advantage of the opportunities being offered to them send a very strong and positive message. Meanwhile, watching Mahlum and various other people and organizations willingly offer their assistance shows viewers the many ways people can make a difference. Overall, The Break succeeds in offering a realistic but inspiring look at the way we think about the homeless -- and the ways that we can really help people in need.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: March 2, 2012
  • Cast: Anne Mahlum
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • Character Strengths: Empathy
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: October 14, 2022

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