A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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Positive Role Models
The brave Polish mountain climbers were the first to reach the summit of Broad Peak in winter. Their perseverance and courage helped them reach their goals.
All primary characters are White, Polish, and men. One woman character has a few lines.
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Violence & Scariness
A man almost falls off the mountain. Men suffer extreme cold and frostbite. Some dangerous driving.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nudity (bare breasts) and one sex scene, with thrusting. Romantic kissing.
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Strong language includes a fair amount of "f--k" and its variations, "s--t," "goddamn," and "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A brief scene shows adults drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking cigarettes at a party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Broad Peak is a Polish drama about real-life mountain climber Maciej Berbeka and the first Polish mountain climbing team to reach the summit of Broad Peak in the winter. In 1988, Berbeka first attempted this feat, only to fall short by 17 meters. At the time, he didn't know it, and thought that he had, in fact, reached the summit. But almost dying on his descent encouraged him not to think of trying again until 25 years later in 2013. There's nudity (bare breasts), a sex scene, strong language throughout ("f--k," "f---ing," "s--t," "goddamn"), and one brief scene shows adults drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking cigarettes. A man almost falls off the mountain. Men suffer extreme cold and frostbite, and there's some dangerous driving. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Unfortunately, this mountain climbing drama struggles with finding a story worth telling. Lots of the drama in Broad Peak feels a bit forced and meandering. While the beginning epigraph outlines the stakes, too much of the film spends time dramatizing Berbeka's first attempt and normal life afterward. Berbeka isn't given any kind of introduction (nor are any of his climbing friends), and it isn't explained why anyone should care about these climbers, outside of them trying to be the first to reach Broad Peak's summit in the winter, etc. It's much to do about a conquest that seems selfish. If this real-life story is more than that, this movie doesn't show it.
By the time Berbeka gears up for what should be his thrilling second attempt 25 years later, the movie is already over. The film hurries the new climbers toward their ascent all within 10 minutes, and after a brief scare and bit of conflict (if they keep going, they risk losing sunlight), written text appears on-screen saying the climbers made it. Then, there are five more minutes featuring languid but beautiful shots of climbers climbing mountains, followed by credits. Additional text also informs viewers that Berbeka and another climber don't survive their descent, which gives the film another opportunity to show Berbeka's wife worrying over her husband. It's a disappointing ending to a disappointing film.
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