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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The overarching message is that natural talent is not enough; hard work and determination are necessary to help you achieve great things. Family and friendship also are emphasized. Bolt trains with one of his close friends, who happens to be his closest rival in sprinting: "Even though they're bitter rivals on the track, they train together as friends."
Positive Role Models
Usain Bolt proves himself to be a great role model in the documentary by showing that consistent hard work, strong ties to family and friends, and a positive outlook are necessary to be successful.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Bolt makes one reference to sex by telling the film crew, "I hear Rome is the best for women, is that true? I'm hoping that I get lucky."
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Although there's no real swearing, "hell" and "pissed" are both used once.
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Products & Purchases
Bolt is shown filming commercials for products, though the products themselves aren't featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Bolt himself is never shown drinking, though two people are shown in crowds at events with beer or wine in their hands.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Usain Bolt: Fastest Man Alive is a BBC documentary about the Jamaican sprinter who has won six Olympic gold medals and broken numerous world records for sprinting. This inspiring and clean film is appropriate for all ages since it has only a couple of very minor references to alcohol and sexuality and no violence or bad language other than "hell," though young kids might find it a little boring. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This inspiring sports documentary is short and sweet but feels a bit shallow. We do get to see an inside look at Usain Bolt's daily life, following him and his entourage as they prepare for the 2012 Olympics, but most of the coverage feels pretty superficial. Bolt lives a pretty clean life and comes from a loving and stable background, which makes for a wholesome but somewhat bland documentary.
Sports fans will be wowed and inspired by Bolt's amazing speed and tireless work ethic. Parents will appreciate how Bolt never blames anyone for his mistakes but works hard to overcome them. Still, young kids or those not very interested in sports may be a bit bored by the documentary.
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