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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.
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.
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Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple is said to have been very young when they married. Two male bare bottoms are seen.
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"F--k," "damn," "hell," "bulls--t."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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