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The Push

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Inspirational sports docu has some cursing.

Movie NR 2018 89 minutes
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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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