A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Mark Cavendish is one of the all-time best sprinting cyclists, and his storied career deserves to be celebrated and remembered. Some people are so driven that no matter how hard they work, or how much they achieve, it just isn't enough: there's always something more to go for. Success sometimes comes at a heavy price. You can overcome just about any obstacle or difficulty with perseverance and the support of teammates and loved ones.
Positive Role Models
Mark, his family, friends, bosses, and teammates all model perseverance and teamwork. At first Mark can be seen as arrogant and rude because he demands perfection so he can achieve at the highest levels of his sport. But he eventually learns that he didn't achieve anything alone, and is grateful for the support he received.
The vast majority of the people interviewed are White Europeans from a variety of countries.
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Violence & Scariness
Some startling and scary footage of crashes shows riders being thrown from their bikes and writhing in pain. A few brief but gory closeups of blood, injuries, removing bandages, black eyes, and bruising. There's candid talk about potentially-triggering mental health issues including depression, suicide, disordered eating, feeling addicted to weight loss, and inducing vomiting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married couple kiss lightly a few times.
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"F--k," "f--king," "d--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "ass," and the middle-finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
Professional sports sponsors and gear appear incidentally.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine, beer, and champagne in celebration or with meals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mark Cavendish: Never Enough is a documentary about one of professional cycling's greatest sprinters and the ups and downs of his career. Strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," and "d--k." There's some startling and scary footage of crashes that shows riders being injured and writhing in pain, as well as some slightly gory footage of bloody injuries. There's candid talk about potentially-triggering mental health issues including depression, suicide, disordered eating, feeling addicted to weight loss, and inducing vomiting. The movie highlights the importance of perseverance and teamwork. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a fascinating and compelling documentary that can appeal to a range of viewers, not just those interested in professional cycling. Mark Cavendish: Never Enough lets viewers experience the highs and lows of an elite, professional athlete at the peaks, and in the darkest valleys, of his career. Simple, straightforward interviews with Mark, his wife, his teammates, and coaches add intimacy as they build emotion and suspense. The sport, and especially how the Tour de France works, are explained well so viewers can understand the stakes better. And of course, there's lots of exciting and beautiful footage of the sport of cycling.
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