A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Lead character gets into a fight with drunk English football fans, head-butts one of them, and bloodies his own nose.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Joke made about breast augmentation.
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Occasional profanity, most prominent in scenes involving English climbers (who are also soccer fans) drunk on beer -- in their scenes, "f--k" is frequently used. "S--t," "crap," "damn," "hell." Middle-finger gesture.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Friends of lead character shown smoking marijuana. They attempt to give lead character a giant bag of marijuana to take with him on his climb. DJs frequently ask lead character about marijuana and make jokes about marijuana. English and German climbers frequently shown drunk. Celebratory drinking when climbers reach desired points on their climb.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Climb is a French movie with English subtitles based on a true story of a Senegalese-Frenchman who climbed Mount Everest with no prior experience in order to prove his love to his girlfriend. There are many marijuana-themed jokes made throughout, usually from radio DJs who interview the lead character throughout his journey and ask him about the marijuana in Nepal. Friends try to give the lead character a giant bag of marijuana. Lots of alcohol: Climbers from Britain and Germany are frequently drunk, and there's celebratory drinking when climbers reach bases along the climb to the top. Some profanity -- especially from the British climbers, who frequently say "f--k." S--t," "crap," "damn," and "hell" are also used. 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 French movie is equal parts hero's journey and romcom. As Samy, the charmingly naive Senegalese-Frenchman willing to climb Mount Everest to prove his love for his girlfriend, Ahmed Sylla manages to maintain the wide-eyed wonder and inherent comedy in his "fish out of water" role, even in the scenes when all hope seems lost and he has no chance of fulfilling his goal. On his climb, he's joined by smiling sherpas fond of French rock-and-roll T-shirts as well as international eccentrics, lovable and not-so-lovable. His support group back home, besides his skeptical but increasingly swept-up girlfriend -- his cabdriver father, protective mother, stoner neighborhood friends, and the radio DJs who interview him as often as possible -- are endearing enough.
The problem with The Climb is that the formula makes even the monumental endeavor of climbing Mount Everest feel somewhat banal. Because, after all, we know how it ends. And there are no unexpected twists or turnarounds that lead the viewer to think that maybe Samy won't reach the top. There's a brief moment of doubt toward the end, but that scene isn't elongated to its full dramatic possibility. Not even the French, who are known for not automatically going for that Hollywood happy ending, could find a way to plug in anything new to this underdog tale.
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