A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Honestly portrays the struggles and challenges of a toxic friendship.
Positive Role Models
The two main characters are real, deeply flawed people who make mistake after mistake.
Violence & Scariness
Brief fighting, with grappling, struggling, kicking, and punching. Some blood on shirt. Threats ("I'm gonna kill you!"). Character passes out and crashes through a coffee table. Two people fight, with one grabbing the other's broken wrist. Character falls through ice on a frozen lake. Two people "kidnap" a third (it's really a bachelor party prank). Mention of "suicidal thoughts" on TV ad for prescription drug.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Scene of simulated oral sex includes moaning and images of the back of a man's head and a woman's spread legs. A woman's nipple is shown briefly. Naked male bottom. Strong sex talk. Infidelity. Kissing. Shirtless man dancing on a stripper pole.
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Strong, frequent language includes "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "a--hole," "idiot," "oh my God."
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Products & Purchases
Orangina soda is mentioned more than once.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A main character appears to have an alcohol dependency. He secretly guzzles alcohol and passes out. Lots of social drinking (cocktails, hard liquor) at various gatherings. Minor character snorts cocaine. Cigarette smoking. TV ad for prescription drug. Mention of drug dealing. Mention of painkillers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Climb is an indie drama about the betrayals and forgivenesses between two adult male friends over a period of time. It's inventively filmed and has deeply-felt characters, but it's also full of mature material. There are several scenes of fighting, brawling, punching, and kicking, plus threats, a fake kidnapping, a man falling through the ice of a frozen lake, and someone crashing through a coffee table. Simulated oral sex is shown, with the back of a man's head and a woman's spread legs visible. A woman's nipple and a man's bottom are also shown. Expect fairly graphic sex talk, as well as kissing, infidelity, etc. Language includes many uses of "f--k," "s--t," and more. Characters drink a lot; one drinks in secret and passes out. Some also smoke cigarettes, and one snorts cocaine. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Two real-life best pals explore the dark side of friendship with this impressively cinematic feature filmmaking debut that deftly combines loony humor with deeply ingrained human fears and anxiety. Written by both Covino and Marvin and directed by Covino, The Climb begins with an amazing long-take sequence featuring both men on bikes, marrying the emotional content of their dialogue with the physical environment around them, all in what appears to be a single, seamless take. Things continue with another single take, an acrobatic Thanksgiving sequence that transitions flawlessly into a Christmas sequence.
Each of the movie's seven sequences plays like a little episode, and the span of time between each is uncertain; the men gain and lose weight, and their facial hair changes. But sometimes odd humor kicks in, such as their surprising number of clumsy little brawls, with grappling, grunting, and kicking. Sometimes The Climb takes a break from reality, as when four men in a graveyard break the fourth wall and sing "I Shall Not Be Moved" in beautiful harmony. But, mostly, the movie is about the slow, terrible balance between trust and betrayal and about how even platonic love can be toxic (it's the opposite of a "bromance").
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