A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Illustrates the value of hard work, commitment, and single-mindedness even for those with extraordinary natural abilities and talents. Raises the question of how a parent's good intentions and personal needs may affect a child, both for good and bad. Provides a vivid look at what moving out of the world of poverty requires from those who live there.
Positive Role Models
Asher Bradshaw is a heroic little boy who is strong, smart, and aware of his responsibilities and who outwardly thrives in a high-pressure environment. Asher's dad, Tom, also is strong and smart, plus he's driven to make a better life for his family and get them out of poverty, whatever the costs. Audiences will judge for themselves whether or not Tom's relentless parenting/coaching choices are in Asher's best interests. Maribel Bradshaw, Asher's mom, is a loving mother of four but passive, allowing Tom to set the tone for their lives and make important decisions. Ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Some tumbles and falls in skateboarding arenas.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A brief flash of beach-side girls in skimpy bathing suits.
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A sprinkling of cursing and obscenities: "piss off," "f--k," "s--t," "puss out," "piece of crap." A boy announces a fart, then farts.
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Products & Purchases
Element skateboards, Vans shoes. Numerous incidental sporting goods visuals on banners, T-shirts, equipment.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Reference to alcoholic parent; mention of pot smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that SHReD: The Asher Bradshaw Story is a very personal documentary sharing the rewards and challenges experienced by young skateboarder Asher Bradshaw, an enormously athletic child. Asher's story, starting at age 6, is told by director Kathy Herndl, who keeps her commentary to a minimum, letting the viewer come to his or her own conclusions. It's more than a sports story about a young prodigy. Given equal time, if not more, is Tom Bradshaw, Asher's dad, a complex man -- smart, loving, driven, emotionally damaged by his past, and relentless in his aspirations for his son as a means of getting his family out of a Los Angeles ghetto. Asher himself is an inspiration, showing heart, empathy, and tremendous grace under pressure and who is keenly aware of what is being asked of him. A few obscenities and curse words appear ("f--k," "p---y," "s--t," "crap," "piss off"); a child farts. Because the movie has a highly charged emotional component and is not simply about exciting competition, skateboard maneuvers, and a little boy surpassing expectations, it's best for teens. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Director Kathy Herndl has done an excellent job of conveying the heavy emotional content of this story along with the exhilarating skateboarding competitions and Asher's unique abilities. Her camera has captured Asher's winning qualities as well as the heft of his obligations. Watching such a little boy (strapped into a rear child-safety seat) listen to his dad's appeal for excellence is sometimes heartbreaking. But, on other occasions, Asher's joy and love of the sport, along with his grit and talent, keep his real uniqueness at the forefront of the story. Audiences will root for Asher and his family and most likely will still have questions about what it takes for Asher to have achieved what he has at a tender age.
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