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Beautifully Broken | 2018 | PG-13 | - 3.6.2

Why is "Beautifully Broken" rated PG-13? It contains several scenes of genocidal massacres, without much blood or gore, an implication of rape and a few scatological terms. Read our parents' review below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


Based on a true story: Three families are brought together across miles and through different crises to find healing through their pain and courage. With Benjamin A. Onyango, Scott William Winters, Emily Hahn, Caitlin Nicol-Thomas, Ditebogo Ledwaba, Sibulele Gcilitshana, Bonko Khoza, Michael W. Smith, Eva Ndachi and Jessica Obilom. Directed by Eric Welch. [Running Time: 1:48]

Beautifully Broken SEX/NUDITY 3

 - A teenage girl goes into a public restroom alone in a park and a man follows her inside and locks the door; he grabs her from behind and tells her to be quiet and although we do not see the act we understand that he raped her.
 A teen boy reaches across a car seat to pull a teen girl close to him and she pulls away; he becomes angry and puts his hand across her mouth and she kicks him, he tells her to get out of the car and that he is going to leave her in the middle of nowhere (the police arrives).
 A husband and his wife kiss a few times. A husband and his wife hug in a few scenes. A teenage girl sits in the arms of a teenage boy in the open bed of a truck. A teen girl and a teen boy flirt outside a football stadium.
 A teen girl tells another girl that she was raped. A teen girl tells her parents, "He hurt me really badly." A teen boy tells a teen girl that if she has $20 they could get a motel room and she scoffs at him.


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Beautifully Broken VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 - We see several scenes of violence with armed men (with guns and machetes) rousting people out of the homes and cars in Rwanda and killing them: A man stands over a man and a woman and hacks them to death with a machete before saying that he wouldn't waste bullets on them (we see the killer's movements and hear crunching, with no blood or the bodies shown); a man hacks an elderly woman to death and we hear her yelling (we see the man's movements in silhouette and hear crunching sounds); in one scene a husband and his wife are dragged out of their car and their child refuses to get out until a man with a machete threatens to kill her and the three people lie on the ground with men with machetes and guns standing over them (this scene is repeated in flashbacks several times).
 People run through streets in fear and we hear gunfire and explosions. A man throws a rock at the windshield of a man's car and it cracks. Armed men break into people's homes and pull people out and we see fires burning in the streets and in the distance; we see a man and a woman shot and they fall on the ground in the background (no blood is seen).
 A teenage girl goes into a public restroom alone in a park and a man follows her inside and locks the door; he grabs her from behind and tells her to be quiet and although we do not see the act we understand that he raped her.
 A huge explosion throws several armed men to the ground and a family of three runs away. A man shoots at a family as they run away and into brush in the distance.
 Several dead bodies are shown on the ground (men, women and a young child) with blood on their clothing. A man hits another man in the face and he falls to the ground.
 A teenage boy speeds a pickup truck around in circles in a field, tearing up grass. A man pounds on his daughter's bedroom door in a few scenes; one time he uses a key to unlock it (they argue in the room) and another time he breaks it open with his shoulder (she has climbed out the window and run away). A teenage girl runs up the stairs at home and slams her bedroom door; we see her crying on her bed and she does not tell her parents what happened to her (she was raped). A teen girl throws a picture frame at a door and it breaks. We see a refugee camp in Kenya a few times with people living in makeshift shelters with little food and water.
 References are made to genocide and we hear TV news reports that use the terms "killing field" and "bloodbath." A man says, "The cleansing has begun." A young girl writes about her father being in prison since the war. A teen girl tells her father, "I don't know why you come home at all." A teen girl tells another girl that she was raped. A teen girl tells her parents, "He hurt me really badly" (referring to being raped).
 A teen girl wakes up screaming for her father (he has gone to America and she and her mother wait in Africa for a visa). A husband and his wife argue over their teenage daughter and her behavior. A man prays for wisdom and courage in a few scenes. A man talks to God and is angry asking why God didn't protect his daughter. A man asks a pastor about performing an exorcism on his teenage daughter (in a joking manner). A teen girl becomes depressed and keeps to herself; she yells at her parents and refuses to talk to them locking herself in her room repeatedly. A teen girl goes to visit her father in a prison and they hold hands through bars as she and her mother cry. A man berates his teenage son about talking to an African man. A woman tells a man that she witnessed his mother's murder and has carried the guilt with her. A man and a woman visit his mother's grave.
 A woman cries uncontrollably and we see mucus on her upper lip. A man pours two cups of coffee into a plant remarking about it being bad. A man is shown with a large, jagged scar across his face. A man washes a woman's feet in a basin of water.


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Beautifully Broken LANGUAGE 2

 - 3 scatological terms, name-calling (dangerous, sneaky, violent, typical teenager, strange customs, monster, pure evil), exclamations (oh my gosh, hush, mind your own business, shut-up), 7 religious exclamations (e.g. God, Thank God, God, Praise Be To God, God Has Delivered Us A Miracle, Trust In God, Why God). | profanity glossary |


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Beautifully Broken SUBSTANCE USE

 - A teenage girl is shown in a courtroom after having been accused of carrying drugs in her purse (they look like pills and are unidentified). A seemingly empty beer can is shown as it falls out of a truck when a teenage girl gets out, a teenage boy holds a can of what is likely beer as he climbs in his truck and drives a teen girl home, and a teen girl tells a teen boy that she thinks he's had one too many beers.


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Beautifully Broken DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - The Rwandan Genocide, Hutus vs. Tutsis, protecting one's family, cultural differences, different ways of life, parenting, sheltered lives, rape, survival, immigration policy, consequences, holding onto the past, forgiveness, revenge, depression, rite of passage, guilt, exorcism.

Beautifully Broken MESSAGE

 - Everyone is broken in some way but holding onto the past will keep you from moving forward.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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