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EVEREST — We are on the cusp of awards season for movies, which means we're going to see better and better movies headed to the theater. Or at least the promise of better movies.

Among the first films to start the season is the true story, "Everest." The movie may not win any awards, but the movie is powerfully intense and emotional. I recommend the film, but that's not what we're here for. For insights into the film itself check out Travis Poppleton's review of the film here.

My job is to give you a heads up about what you can expect in the film so you can make your own decisions about what you and your family see.


There is almost no language in the film. There's likely more language in a PG family film than you'll find in "Everest."

Viewers don't really notice the language because the dialogue constructed by William Nicholson, writer of "Gladiator," and Simon Beaufoy, writer of "Slumdog Millionaire," is intriguing and natural. The script is well written and really didn't call for any language.


The movie is essentially void of any sex or allusions to it. Compared to a Bond film, it's more like an episode of "Baby Einstein" than the tragic, true story of a climbing expedition on the world's tallest mountain.


There really isn't anything related to sex that would merit anything above a G rating. Incredibly tame on this front.


This is where "Everest" earns its PG-13 rating. There is violence in the sense of what happens to the people on the mountain, but no one is committing violence against another human being.

The movie retells the story of a group of mountaineers who were caught in a horrendous storm on Mount Everest and as you can imagine, the situation was dire and the conditions brutal. Director Baltasar Kormakur does not hold back when it comes to showing the terror, pain, suffering and despair these climbers went through.

On an intensity level, "Everest" is certainly worthy of its PG-13 rating.


"Everest" is an emotionally draining movie. By the time the credits roll you've been through a two-hour emotional roller coaster. The movie forces you to care about characters and then watching them go through what most would consider hell, can be difficult to watch.

"Everest" is not an easy movie to watch. Not from the standpoint of disgusting images or graphic depictions on injuries, but rather of the emotionality that it entails. It's not a movie that is set up for multiple viewings.


"Everest" is very tame in the areas that usually come to mind when thinking about a rating. The language and sexiness is almost non-existent as is the human-on-human violence. The intensity, emotionality and peril certainly make this a PG-13 film.

"Everest" received its PG-13 rating for intense peril and disturbing images.

About the Author: John Clyde ----------------------------

John has been writing about movies, news, sports and pretty much anything awesome for more than five years. John is the co-host of the Flix Junkies podcast and will always entertain you with his stories.

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