A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This documentary teaches the importance of perseverance and determination when trying to make a dream come true.
Positive Role Models
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.
Violence & Scariness
Some storms, but no real peril.
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Occasional profanity from the teenage protagonist: "f--k," "s--t," "damn."
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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. 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 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.
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