Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Broken Bridges (2006) [PG-13] ***

What A Girl Wants meets the Grand Ole Opry in this story of washed-up country/western singing star Bo Philips (played by Toby Keith) reuniting with his teenage daughter Dixie (played by Lindsey Haun) and her mother Angela (played by Kelly Preston), both of whom he had abandoned when Dixie was a young child. 

The driving force in the story is the need for father and daughter to bond, forge a relationship, and find new meaning in their lives. Both Toby Keith and Lindsey Haun give honest, realistic performances, and the connection between father and daughter is strong and believable, especially since the daughter is following in her father's footsteps as a singer and songwriter. If you enjoy films like Almost Famous, Crazy Heart or Tender Mercies, then I suggest you ignore the film critics who panned Broken Bridges, and give the film a chance. 

Labels: drama, music  
Internet Movie Database   
Metacritic 32/100   
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=35, viewers=80)  

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