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Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Excellent docu about teen sailor; some brief profanity.
  • NR
  • 2013
  • 82 minutes

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Positive Messages

This documentary teaches the importance of perseverance and determination when trying to make a dream come true.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Against difficult odds and attempts by her home government to prevent her from doing so, Laura Dekker becomes the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In addition to curiosity and courage, she displays tremendous drive, determination, and focus but also comes across as a normal teenager. 


Some storms, but no real peril.


Occasional profanity from the teenage protagonist: "f--k," "s--t," "damn."

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Maidentrip is a 2013 documentary about a Dutch teenager named Laura Dekker who became the youngest person to sail around the world alone. During interviews, Laura uses occasional profanity, including "f--k" and "s--t." Aside from this brief language, this wonderful documentary shows what happens when someone lives in service of a dream and applies drive, determination, and focus to make it happen, no matter the odds.

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Parent of a 4 and 7-year-old Written byimw1984 November 21, 2014

Hard to put an age on

I watched this 'with' my kids recently. My youngest was so bored by it that he watched barely any of it, my oldest watched a bit more of it (on an off... Continue reading
Parent of a 9 and 11-year-old Written bystarsinmyeyes September 14, 2014

Positive message superceeds concerns about language.

I just watched this with my 11 and 9 year olds. I knew about there was swearing but it seemed the message of this young girl following her passion, overcoming... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Fourteen-year-old Laura Dekker, a teenager from Holland, sets out to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone in MAIDENTRIP. Before she attempts to do so, she confronts the Dutch government, who try everything in their power to stop her and to put her in foster care and separate her from her father. She wins her court case and is free to pursue her dream. Using a mix of shots from the camera Laura brought with her on her trip, footage from her childhood, and shots from director Jillian Schlesinger, this documentary shows the highs and lows of Dekker's voyage, as well as the people she meets along the way as she traverses all three oceans in two years.

Is it any good?

This inspiring documentary manages to represent Laura Dekker as both a brave, extraordinary individual and an ordinary teenager looking to grow up and pursue her life's goals. Through a mix of footage Dekker kept on her personal camera as she kept a video diary and director Jillian Schlesinger's beautiful filming and filling in of the blanks in the story line emerges an incredible story of an extremely driven teenage girl and her dream of being the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone.

Although this documentary should prove inspirational for any teen with dreams of his or her own, families in general should find much to admire and enjoy in Maidentrip. The highs and lows of the voyage come through quite clearly, as do the numerous obstacles Dekker had to face before and during the trip. This is an unforgettable documentary that should merit repeated viewings.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about documentaries like Maidentrip. How was Laura Dekker's history told, and how was it placed in the context of her goal?

  • In light of the information presented at the beginning of the movie, why do you think Laura decided to change the flag on her ship from Holland's to New Zealand's?

  • How do the "in-the-moment" shots from Laura's camera compare with the shots of the film's director?

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