A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Perseverance pays off in situations of survival. It's possible to survive in the wild with the right knowledge.
Positive Role Models
Grylls is brave in the face of dire circumstances and confronts challenges with a positive attitude and limitless energy.
The pilot of Grylls' downed plane is Black.
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Violence & Scariness
Bear is in an airplane crash, which we see in moments of flashbacks. He wakes up hanging from a tree with amnesia and has to survive in the wild. He skins and eats from a carcass, escapes a wolf, is knocked out by another wild beast, finds his pilot missing from the plane with a trail of blood off in one direction, eats insects and vomits, risks sliding down mountainsides and getting stuck in mountain tunnels, and more. At one point, Bear sets off a bomb via a trip wire and is wounded so badly that he's apparently grown a full beard before he can get back out. He and the pilot both survive.
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Products & Purchases
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that You vs. Wild: Out Cold, an installment in adventurer Bear Grylls' interactive survival tales, provides the expected entertainment, scares, and some gross-out moments. The peril here is managed quickly, and the viewer knows the option to go back and "start over" is always there. At one point, Bear sets off a bomb via a trip wire and is wounded so badly that he's apparently grown a full beard before he can get back out. He's stuck on some isolated mountains because he and his pilot got in a plane crash, which we see in moments of flashbacks. Bear wakes up hanging upside down from his parachute in a tree, and with amnesia. Other scares include wild animals, trails of blood, an insect that makes him sick when he eats it, and steep cliffs he could potentially fall off. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There's really nothing quite like the experience of choosing whether Bear Grylls should eat a cockroach or a millipede off a tunnel floor. In You vs. Wild: Out Cold, one makes him vomit and the other seems to sit just fine. This is just one of many perils Grylls faces in this latest adventure. As always, the survivalist makes for a compelling watch because he seems invincible and undaunted by any challenge. This film feels a little faster-paced than others, with decisions popping up so frequently that when you want to go back and try different options, you have to follow a whole trail of previous decisions. This could prove fun for very young viewers, offering them much more than the listed 25 minutes of screen time, but it's also a little frustrating if you're just curious to see where an alternative choice would take you. No worry, though, because the journey is all the fun.
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