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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The film highlights the dangers of a sport that's pushing the limits of what's considered "safe" and raises thought-provoking questions about how much is too much. Friendship and family also emerge as major themes.
Positive Role Models
Kevin goes through his ups and downs, but ultimately proves to be an inspiring role model to aspiring athletes and others who have suffered brain injuries. The Pearce family also serves as a remarkable example of love and support.
Violence & Scariness
Footage captures accidents and life-altering injuries, but there's minimal blood.
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There's some unbleeped swearing ("f--k" and "s--t"), but it isn't constant.
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Products & Purchases
Brand names are mentioned in the context of snowboarders' sponsorships and endorsement deals; some logos are visible during competition footage. Examples: Monster Energy Drink, MTV, Burton snowboards, Paul Mitchell hair products, Motorola, etc.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some athletes are shown overindulging in one scene to celebrate a rider's 21st birthday, and there's talk of someone being "wasted" after a competition, but most point out they don't drink when they're training.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that even though The Crash Reel isn't completely issue free (there's some unbleeped swearing in the form of "f--k" and "s--t," and a few athletes are shown partying hard with alcohol), the film's thoughtful message is one that's well worth hearing for older kids -- especially those who might look up to extreme sports athletes like Kevin Pearce and his friends. Pearce's family is also a great example of unconditional love and support, tempered with common-sense concern for Kevin's well-being. Some brand names and corporate logos are present, but they're used as background in the context of sports sponsorships. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Even if you think you have zero interest in snowboarding and other extreme sports, this riveting documentary will quickly change your mind. The movie was created by two-time Academy Award nominated filmmaker Lucy Walker (Waste Land, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom). It's memorable not just because of the arresting visuals of young athletes who seemingly defy gravity, flying more than 40 feet above the snow, but also because of the Pearce family's candidly emotional journey, which serves as a cautionary -- but ultimately hopeful -- tale of love and ambition.
The story is so well told, in fact, that some parents might get choked up watching Kevin and his family fight for his life. But The Crash Reel's balanced blend of action and thoughtful questioning could also get kids thinking about whether extremism in extreme sports -- or any pursuit -- is a positive trend.
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