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The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

By-the-book yet inspiring biopic of superstar gymnast.

Movie NR 2018 86 minutes
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Though her start in life was rocky, the way Simone's family embraces and nurtures her is heartwarming to watch and will have you rooting for her from start to finish. Though she was considered by many to be a "natural-born gymnast" from an early age, The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar shows that even innate talent isn't enough to take you all the way -- it requires great interior strength and perseverance, as well as a solid support system. Watching her develop as an athlete is exciting, with a coach who is affectionate but also knows how to challenge her. The film is also full of life lessons like the one handed down by her mom Nellie, who reminds her that despite her undeniable gifts, she's no more or less important than her sister. Nellie tells her: "We are not your fans, we are your family."

The soundtrack can be overbearing and cheesy at times -- lots of musical cues letting you know exactly how to feel -- but this is to be expected, considering the film genre. Training montages, emotional setbacks, and joy-filled triumphs are all par for the course in a biopic like this, but it's a positivity-filled ride all the same.

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