14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible

Movie review by
Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media
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Language, physical risks in inspiring Nepali climber docu.
  • NR
  • 2021
  • 101 minutes

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age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Don't be afraid to dream big, no matter your background. There's power in positive thinking. Focus on the possible to make it happen. Face your fears with courage. Discipline pays off.

Positive Role Models

Families support each other, despite differences and hardships. Nims and his team embody courage and perseverance; they risk their lives to achieve their dreams and break world records. They suggest they're out there for something bigger than self glory. They never leave a teammate behind on the mountain, displaying their character. Nims embodies discipline, hard work, and courage. He suggests leaders must hide their weaknesses and show confidence.

Diverse Representations

Nims and his team of Nepali climbers aspire to vindicate the fundamental role of Sherpas in international mountaineering history. They suggest if they were Westerners or Europeans, their achievements would get a lot more media coverage. Nims says the mountain doesn't see or care about your race. They say they're attempting the death-defying climbs to inspire others and represent their country. We learn a few details about Nepali culture, including that the youngest son is expected to care for his family. We see a ceremony involving a mother and son painting a red substance on each other's foreheads.

Violence

The climbers repeatedly risk their lives. Two climbers are left behind on a mountain; one dies and the other is rescued but is in serious condition. There's mention of a kid being "beaten daily" by a teacher. Elderly parents worry about their kids, have heart attacks, and die. A climber slides 100 meters down a hill and barely catches himself on a rope. A man suffers HACE (high altitude cerebral edema), which causes hallucinations and a loss of physical control. Some climbers criticize others for using oxygen. A gun battle is described where a man was shot and took a serious fall but survived. Some of the most violent scenes are animated, making them less scary.

Sex

A couple is said to have been very young when they married. Two male bare bottoms are seen.

Language

"F--k," "damn," "hell," "bulls--t."

Consumerism

Lots of mountaineering and outdoor gear brands are seen. Nims goes viral on Instagram. Nims mortgages his house to pay for Project Possible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some partying among climbers, where they drink alcohol and someone is seen smoking. Discussion of a hangover.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible is an at times nail-biting recounting of a team of Nepali mountain climbers attempting to break world summiting records. There are scenes of mountaineers left behind and dying or nearly dying, death-defying falls, and a depiction of HACE (high altitude cerebral edema), which causes hallucinations and a loss of physical control. Several of the most frightening experiences are animated, and the film overall has an upbeat tone of possibility and surmounting dangers rather than dwelling on or explicitly depicting them. The climbers aim to vindicate the role of Nepali Sherpas in climbing history, bringing their compatriots into a limelight traditionally occupied by Western climbers. The star appears almost superhuman in his discipline, physical abilities, and courage, which his team embodies equally. He's also devoted to his family, and especially his ailing mother and long-suffering wife. The climbers sometimes let loose and drink or smoke; one summits a peak with a hangover. Two male bare bottoms are seen from afar. Language includes "f--k," "damn," "hell," and "bulls--t."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySheela pandey December 6, 2021

Nims Dhaai you r the best !

This is the best movie or documentary about all the peaks ! Best movie watched ever, Nims Dhaai and the team u all rock , u r the best and strongest !
Adult Written byrishabrana December 2, 2021

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What's the story?

Nirmal "Nimsdai" Purja is a Nepali mountain climber and former UK Special Forces member who gives up his army job to embark on a never-before-achieved quest in 14 PEAKS: NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE. Purja gathers a team of experienced Sherpas, trains, and fundraises for his "Project Possible," which aims to summit all 14 of the world's 8,000-meter mountains in under seven months, breaking the standing record of seven years. The film delves into the century of climbers attempting these treks, interviews world-renowned international climbers, tells Purja's personal story, and follows his team up and down mountains as they repeatedly risk their lives to meet their objective.

Is it any good?

If a documentary chronicling how an uncommonly charismatic, brave, and socially-conscious young man breaks six world records doesn't find an audience, there's something wrong. True, 14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible might not immediately draw viewers without connection or interest in mountaineering. But its combination of life-or-death suspense, compelling back story, message of possibility, and gorgeous scenery prove captivating. Will the team of Nepali climbers reach their goal to summit 14 of the world's highest mountains in record time with no injuries or losses? Will the leader's beloved but ailing mother survive long enough to see her son's success?

The film bounces around in time to share leader Nims' backstory, including a devoted wife, a loving family, and an unparalleled drive, discipline, competitiveness, and physical prowess. Considering one of the film's key messages is fighting for recognition for overlooked Nepali climbers, it comes across as a little shallow that it dedicates so much time to Nims and almost none to the backgrounds of his other teammates who scale all the same mountains as him. But Nims is an undeniably appealing star, and his project gains from his online presence and likeability. His attachment and devotion to his mother are charming, and seeing her get flown in by helicopter in what looks like a fuzzy pink bathrobe to celebrate Nims' achievements is adorable. The film is dedicated to her, which seems just about right for the tale's message of aspiring to ever greater endeavors for reasons beyond self aggrandizement.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the community of mountaineers represented in 14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible. Do they support one another, and how so? Do they critique each other?

  • Why does Nims suggest local mountain guides, known as Sherpas, have been too often overlooked in history? Where could you go for more information?

  • Where could you find out more about the mountains the "Project Possible" team climb and where they're located?

  • How do Nims and his team display courage and perseverance? Did you ever feel they were being foolhardy in their ventures? How did those traits serve them -- and sometimes others?

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