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Parents' Guide to

Chasing Ice

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Beautiful, affecting documentary about glacier retreat.

Movie PG-13 2013 74 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

Phenomenal documentary with powerful visuals for kids

This is one of my all-time favorite documentaries mainly because of the cutting edge cinematography - footage never before taken of glaciers moving and ice sheets calving. I showed it to my daughter for these images plus the stunning images of ice and icebergs and frozen landscapes and the fascinating story of the mountaineers placing and maintaining their cameras in crazy landscapes, but I ended up talking with my daughter about the science and discoveries related to climate change that the movie was intended to present in the first place. She was only 6 or 7 when I showed it to her and with a lot of movie pausing and talking, she got a lot out of it. I think it helped her to understand global warming in a more tangible way and she has a much deeper appreciation for the concept and our human relationship to it, which affects how she wants to live her life, essentially having more of a motivation to care about her impact on the planet. I do not think this movie needs to be avoided for younger kids at all as there is nothing offensive or scary in it. At a bare minimum, it will be one of the most amazing documentaries about our planet they will have seen.
age 10+

Chasing Ice: Ok?

I believe that Chasing Ice is good for kids 11 and up. The reason for this is in the movie some people curse when they get upset. There are also some intense scenes where they are in difficult life/death situations.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Whatever your stance on the climate change debate, this stellar documentary is well worth watching, and Balog's passion for his life's work is inspiring. The film devotes more time to following the ups and downs of Balog's quest than it does to lecturing viewers on the dangers of fossil fuels, but its ultimate message is clear: Global warming is causing glaciers to disappear at a frightening rate, and the effects on the world's population could be devastating. He makes a firm case for his claims, presenting remarkable photographic evidence of ice masses -- some nearly as large as Manhattan -- succumbing to the elements and being lost forever to the sea.

Chances are your kids won't find Chasing Ice's subject matter particularly fascinating unless they have some familiarity with the issues already, but the opposite is true for older viewers. You'll come away from it thinking hard about the environmental issues that plague our planet and our role in maintaining its well-being for generations to come, which can spark great discussions and possibly take-action projects within your family and community.

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