Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Everest is a disaster film based on the actual events of May 10, 1996 -- which was then considered the deadliest day on the mountain, claiming eight lives, including those of experienced guides. Viewers will feel intense, harrowing peril as the climbers attempt the summit and then descend during an unexpected blizzard. And scenes of characters dying and succumbing to the elements are viscerally upsetting. There are a couple of scenes of adults drinking, some mild language ("damn," "Jesus" as an exclamation), and plenty of high-end alpine gear on display. For those who are old enough to remember the disaster, the movie feels tragic from the start. But ultimately this is a moving story about the risks involved in reaching your dream -- and how sometimes helping someone else can come at a huge risk to your own safety.
Disturbing scenes when the climbers are in danger, start hallucinating due to oxygen deprivation, and even fall off the mountain. Moments of intense peril and scenes in which characters look dead and are covered in snow and frostbite.
"Damn," "hell," "stupid," "Jesus," "God" (as exclamations).
Explores issues of life and death, asking hard, worthwhile questions: When is a dream worth risking your life, and when is it OK to abandon morality and save yourself -- or to stand by someone even if it could cost you your safety? A strong support system -- a loving family, an enthusiastic community -- can help fuel your dreams. Also brings up questions about the ethics surrounding guided expeditions.
Mountaineering requires gear, and most of the alpine gear (snow suits, parkas, hats, etc.) in the movie have visible logos: Patagonia and The North Face in particular, but also Marmot, Mountain Hardwear, Helly Hansen. Starbucks and Gatorade, Frosted Flakes, and Mrs. Butterworth also make an appearance.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Adults drink at dinner and at base camp. In one scene, a group toasts vodka in Russian.