The Crash Reel

2013 NR 1h 48m Blu-ray / DVD

The Crash Reel

2013 NR 1h 48m Blu-ray / DVD
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This documentary portrait of snowboard legend Kevin Pearce incorporates 15 years of footage, from his rivalry with childhood friend Shaun White, to his recovery from a traumatic brain injury he suffered while training for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Kevin Pearce, Shaun White, Mason Aguirre, Jake Burton, Scotty Lago, Jack Mitrani, Luke Mitrani
Lucy Walker
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA. NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 14+
Common Sense rating Pause for kids 14 & under
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that even though The Crash Reel isn't completely issue free (there's some unbleeped swearing in the form of "f--k" and "s--t," and a few athletes are shown partying hard with alcohol), the film's thoughtful message is one that's well worth hearing for older kids -- especially those who might look up to extreme sports athletes like Kevin Pearce and his friends. Pearce's family is also a great example of unconditional love and support, tempered with common-sense concern for Kevin's well-being. Some brand names and corporate logos are present, but they're used as background in the context of sports sponsorships.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Footage captures accidents and life-altering injuries, but there's minimal blood.


There's some unbleeped swearing ("f--k" and "s--t"), but it isn't constant.

Social Behavior

The film highlights the dangers of a sport that's pushing the limits of what's considered "safe" and raises thought-provoking questions about how much is too much. Friendship and family also emerge as major themes.


Brand names are mentioned in the context of snowboarders' sponsorships and endorsement deals; some logos are visible during competition footage. Examples: Monster Energy Drink, MTV, Burton snowboards, Paul Mitchell hair products, Motorola, etc.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some athletes are shown overindulging in one scene to celebrate a rider's 21st birthday, and there's talk of someone being "wasted" after a competition, but most point out they don't drink when they're training.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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