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Broken Bridges (2006)

 -  Drama | Music  -  8 September 2006 (USA)
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A fading country music star (Keith) returns to his hometown, where he reunites with his childhood sweetheart and also meets his 16-year-old daughter for the first time.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Donnie (as Brian Durkin)
Jason Leith ...
Bobby
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Kyle
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Bo Price
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Manager (as Leland Jones)
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Angela Delton
Jeff Portell ...
Charles
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Dixie Leigh Delton
Greg Clarkson ...
News Anchor (as Greg Clarkston)
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Dixie Rose Delton
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Scott
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Loretta
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Emmaline Potsam
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Wyatt
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A military aircraft crash kills over a dozen Southern soldiers, including several from a small Southern town. The funeral draws several emigrated relatives home. Among them are fading country-singer Bo Price, absent father, and Angela Delton, workaholic 'single' mother of teenager Dixie Leigh, who can only be blackmail-lured along by permission to rejoin her Californian lover Kyle afterward. They're all confronted with each-other, their past and prospects, and bond after Leigh's shameless attitude misleads cocky local rascal Wyatt. Written by KGF Vissers

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Sometimes you have to go back to move forward.

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Rated PG-13 for some violent and sexual content, and teen drinking | See all certifications »
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8 September 2006 (USA)  »

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Angel from Montgomery  »

Box Office

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$133,784 (USA) (8 September 2006)

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$251,775 (USA) (29 September 2006)
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The film debut of country music singer Toby Keith. See more »

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When Bo and Patsy are driving down the road, they pass a building and a car. Several minutes down the road, they pass the same building and car again. See more »

Quotes

Dixie Leigh Delton: [Looking at the cover of a magazine] Now that's a Ho.
Emmaline Potsam: Oh, no, honey that's a weed whacker. The hoes are in the back room.
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Nowhere Fast
Written by Toby Keith and Tim Rushlow
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A metaphoric title about as convincing at the material it is placed in front of
15 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Broken Bridges is a film that comes billed and equipped with three specific agendas; to be an openly patriotic film, to boast and share its Christian beliefs, and a film to try and serve as a wholesome parable for Americans facing similar issues. All three agendas are fine by me, if they were taken seriously and made competently into a watchable film, but this is a depressingly mundane trudge through the genre I call "American cinema," one of the weakest genres thus far in film. You may have come across a film or two in this genre; they're films that seemingly exist in their own dull world with dull characters and stiff dialog. At least that's how I've seen them. Another example would include Seven Days in Utopia, a film I regarded as a huge missed opportunity not long ago, but after seeing Broken Bridges, I recall that film as a breath of cleaner, fresher air.

All the hell begins with the ham-fisted, morally devout, incredibly obnoxious story that spells out things so incredulous and far-fetched they are cringe worthy. Bo Price is a hack country singer (he's played by Toby Keith, so try and believe that) who once had a fling with a Miami news reporter named Angela Delton (Kelly Preston), which resulted in a pregnancy. After that, Bo fled responsibility and stuck Angela with a newborn baby girl. Sixteen years later, after a helicopter crash in the military kills Bo's brother and Angela's brother, when they fly back home for the funerals, they are unexpectedly reunited with one another and contention flies.

The movie's main goal is to show how Bo begins to connect with the child he unexpectedly father named Dixie (Lindsey Haun), who has gone on to be a rather unremarkable teenager, who just so happens to have a heavenly voice. What it fails at is generating any fulfilling substance to these bland, unsatisfying, uninteresting archetypes.

Broken Bridges is directly aimed at the crowd who crave films with relatable characters, country music, traditional living, characters "paying dues," and age-old values where there's a heavy dependence on morality and spirituality; I have no problem with any of those things. I was reminded of how surprisingly pleased I was with the Kendrick brothers' film Courageous, which offers the same sort of material, surrounding four policemen with complex homelifes who need to prioritize their jobs and their families. The film had a smooth, if heavy-handed script, seriously complex issues taken believably, and well-developed characters portrayed by capable actors. With this picture, all that is trade for wooden acting, contrived plot-points, tedious fighting between characters, an exhausted concept, and a seriously lazy setup punctuated by some decent but forgettable musical numbers, both solo performances and duets. Arguably the best scene in the film is when Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, and BeBe Winans get on stage to perform "Uncloudy Day," an engaging ballad. Sadly, it's brief and one of two blink-and-you-miss-it cameos for Willie Nelson.

On a final note, take one more look at the title an I'll be damned if you can't guess its meaning. The title represents how our protagonist must make amends with those he has hurt and repair connections, hence the metaphoric "broken bridge." The title is about as convincing and as original as the material the film provides.

Starring: Toby Keith, Kelly Preston, Lauren Haun, Burt Reynolds, and Willie Nelson. Directed by: Steven Goldmann.


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