Raise Your Voice

Theatrical Release: October 8, 2004
DVD Release: February 10, 2005
Raise Your Voice


In this musical drama, Terri Fletcher (Hilary Duff) is a 16-year-old small-town high schooler who loves music and singing. She gets accepted to an exclusive music camp in Los Angeles with the unknown help of her brother (Jason Ritter) who sends in a DVD showing her spontaneity. One night, Terri and her brother sneak out of the house, and she takes him to a concert for his birthday. On the way home, a drunk driver runs a red light, killing her brother. Terri blames herself for her brother’s death and wonders if she will ever sing again. Her mother (Rita Wilson) and aunt (Rebecca De Mornay) work out a plan to get Terri to the music camp with her overprotective father (David Keith) thinking she’s staying with her aunt. At camp, she makes new friends and begins to work through her grief. But when her father drives out to her aunt’s house, things get a little tricky.

Dove Review

Even though this film shows some issues that have not been dealt with in the best manner, it has good insight into family, faith, and loss. Terri feels the guilt of losing her brother when she tries to sing or enjoy herself. Her mom and aunt think it would be good for Terri to go to music camp but her dad is overprotective of Terri. This occurs even though Terri’s mom and aunt’s plan is to tell Dad that Terri is staying at the aunt’s house. But in the end they have to tell Dad the truth. Terri works out her problems of losing her brother. In the end love, faith, and family work come together.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing and a scene of kissing that leads a couple to falling to the floor in the practice room and sex is implied but not shown on camera.
Language: OMG-3; outtakes have mild language (D; Cr*p).
Violence: Car accident.
Drugs: Alcohol drunk by aunt; friend at school shows up at dorm room drunk.
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: New Line Cinema
Writer: Mitch Rotter
Producer: Sean McNamara
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 107 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe