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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Willpower and a positive mental attitude can overcome adversity. Find inner strength to face life's challenges.
Positive Role Models
After a snowmobiling accident results in a paralyzing spinal cord injury, Grant Korgan, determined to walk again without any assistance, undergoes hours of intense physical training. He becomes the first adaptive athlete to reach the South Pole by traveling across Antarctica.
Violence & Scariness
The snowmobiling accident that resulted in Grant Korgan's spinal cord injury, and the aftermath, is shown.
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"F--kin'" used a few times. "Badass."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Push is a 2018 documentary about the first adaptive athlete to reach the South Pole by traveling across Antarctica. The snowmobiling accident that left Grant Korgan paralyzed from the waist down, as well as the immediate aftermath, is shown, as the jump Korgan was attempting was being filmed by his friends. "F--kin'" used a few times. Overall, the documentary uses Korgan's story to convey the importance of positivity and determination in facing challenges great and small. The movie doesn't sugarcoat the challenges Korgan faced in terms of the hours of physical training he underwent in order to walk again unassisted. The movie also doesn't shy away from the many difficulties Korgan and his guides faced when preparing for and undertaking the hundred-mile journey across Antarctica. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While not exactly saying anything new in the realm of inspirational sports documentaries, The Push nonetheless conveys messages worth repeating. These messages of positivity, determination, and finding one's purpose in life seem perfectly suited to Grant Korgan, the subject of the documentary, as well as its director. In the aftermath of a spinal cord injury from a snowmobiling accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down, Korgan, who up to that point had been an outdoor and mountain sports enthusiast and lover of life, speaks frankly of the struggles in finding the tiniest rays of hope in the midst of this despair and hanging onto them. His determination and positivity opens up the opportunity of a lifetime -- to be the first adaptive athlete to push his way across Antarctica to reach the South Pole -- and the details and struggle of this goal aren't sugarcoated.
The Push is one of those documentaries where the filmmakers believe a constant "rousing" soundtrack needs to be playing nonstop in the background in case the actual message itself isn't enough to evoke inspirational feelings in the viewer. That said, the sincerity of the documentary is undeniable, and the story itself makes it stand out from movies exploring similar ideas and themes. The positive messages in this movie are worthy of discussion among families, especially at a time when such straightforward and somewhat spiritual ideas are overshadowed by the screaming narcissists of social media, reality television, and so-called "infotainment."
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