A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Taking responsibility for your actions. The importance of discipline in sports. Standing up for what you believe is right.
Positive Role Models
Higuita shows resilience and integrity by sticking to his beliefs, although it gets him in trouble sometimes. He says he would do the same all over again. His teammates show the importance of teamwork when they unite to ask for Higuita's release from prison.
The film is mostly comprised of Latin talent behind and in front of the camera. René Higuita makes for a unique subject to center a documentary around because of his influence and anti-stereotypical values. Although men get much more screen time than women, the women that appear are intelligent and filled with agency. The film provides voices to people of several age groups, body sizes, and genders. It celebrates Colombian culture in a respectful, honest way.
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Violence & Scariness
Stories, but no graphic depictions, of a child kidnapping, drug-related crimes, and a murder.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Higuita talks about falling in love with his wife Magnolia.
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"S--t," "motherf--ker," "son of a bitch."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Mentions of drug dealing and drug-related crimes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Higuita: The Way of the Scorpion is a sports documentary about beloved Colombian soccer player René Higuita. Violence and scariness appear in stories about a child's kidnapping and drug-related crimes and murders; nothing graphic is shown. Strong language includes "s--t," "motherf--ker," and "son of a bitch." There are mentions of drug dealing and drug-related crimes. The documentary has a mostly Latin crew and cast and celebrates Colombian culture in a respectful, honest way. Positive messages include taking responsibility for your actions, the importance of discipline, and standing up for your beliefs. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
At a time when most of the films about Colombia are about drug trafficking and true crime figures, it's refreshing to see a documentary that celebrates one of its most prominent sports icons. Higuita: The Way of the Scorpion centers on the famed goalkeeper René Higuita and how his idiosyncrasies on the field helped change the sport while turning him into a legend.
Director Luis Ara beautifully balances the talking heads who celebrate Higuita's influence while using historical footage and in-depth, honest commentary from Higuita himself about the more controversial aspects of his life. His involvement in the rescue of a little girl who had been kidnapped alone would warrant a film of its own. The film challenges the notion that Colombian stories can only be about drug trafficking, while showcasing an unlikely hero whose greatest superpower is being his authentic self.
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