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Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Girl-and-her-horse story with some peril might inspire kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this coming-of-age story of a determined and persistent young orphan 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.

  • Families can talk about what makes Sonora a positive role model. How does she make her dream of being a "diving girl" a reality, even when everyone around her tells her she can't do it? 
  • How accurately do you think the film reflects the realities of the Great Depression? How can you find out more about real life during the Depression?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true2

    Educational value: This movie intends to entertain, not educate, but in some ways it captures the realities of the Great Depression. 

  • message true4

    Messages: Through her actions, Sonora shows that, as one of the characters says, "If you want something bad enough, anything's possible." 

  • rolemodels true4

    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.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and 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.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Two characters who later fall in love and get married briefly kiss after having a swim in a pond together. 

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