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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It's possible to overcome injuries and other obstacles in pursuit of difficult physical achievements. It's boring to stay in your comfort zone all the time. The journey is as important as arriving at the destination. If you're afraid of doing something, that's exactly what you should do.
Positive Role Models
Kim overcame a debilitating injury to train for a grueling physical challenge. Kim expresses gratitude to her team for their support.
Violence & Scariness
A devastating fall down a staircase is described. Sharks threaten swimmers. Jellyfish bite swimmers. A swimmer's neck bleeds from chafing. Boaters shoot at sharks in the water. A distance swimmer vomits as she swims.
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"F--k," "s--t," "damn," "ass," "bitch," and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Kim was on significant pain medication as she recovered from her accident.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kim Swims is an inspirational documentary following Kim Chambers in her quest to be the first woman to swim the 30 miles from islands off the coast of San Francisco through shark-infested, high-wave, frigid waters. In the course of rigorous training and planning of many safety precautions, adults occasionally utter language that includes "f--k," "s--t," "damn," and "hell." A devastating fall down a staircase is described. Sharks threaten swimmers. Jellyfish bite swimmers. A swimmer's neck bleeds from chafing. Boaters shoot at sharks in the water. A distance swimmer vomits as she swims. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This film depicts a strong-willed woman whose determination is admirable, and whose sunny attitude sets an example for us all. At 75 minutes, Kim Swims is relatively short, but given the one-note subject and repetitive nature of the interviews extolling Kim's strength and reiterating the difficulty of her quest, the movie could have been even shorter. Nevertheless, Kim is an unforgettable and extraordinary character who is well worth getting to know. Her courage and fortitude, especially in light of the recovery she made after a terrible accident, makes her a great role model for kids of any age struggling to reach their own goals.
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