Broken Hill

2009 PG 1h 42m DVD

Broken Hill

2009 PG 1h 42m DVD
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Teenage Tommy McAlpine (Luke Arnold) spends his life helping run his family's sheep station in the Australian outback and playing soccer to make his father (Timothy Hutton) happy. But his real dream is to make it big in the music world. When he runs afoul of the law, he finds a silver lining in a community service sentence. In time, Tommy is transforming a group of inmates into a world-class choir. Alexa Vega co-stars in this family-friendly drama.
Alexa PenaVega, Luke Arnold, Timothy Hutton, Rhys Wakefield, Andy McPhee, Phil Austin, George Kapiniaris, Maud Davey, Che Timmins, Adam Morgan
Dagen Merrill
Widescreen 2.35:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this coming-of-age story about a teen who finally pursues his love for conducting and music is lukewarm at best. It has much of the necessary elements for a tearjerker -- determined lead character, tragedy, a common goal set by underdogs -- but it's so formulaic it doesn't make that much of an impression. It's pretty wholesome, though: no swearing, very little romancing, and surprisingly no edge for a movie about convicts.

Sexual Content

Nothing racy. Sweet flirtation and a tender kiss.


Barely registers. Prisoners shown in handcuffs and shackles; discussion of prison life.


A character calls another "creepo."

Social Behavior

A young woman discovers that her prejudices about prisoners aren't well-founded. The film strives to show that the incarcerated have hopes, dreams, and fears, too.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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