the climb movie review 2020

The Climb Falls Short on Laughs

Buddy movies seem to be have been a staple of the movies for years. Maybe it’s just the fact that every friendship has a story or two that causes them to fall over in a fit of laughter. They’re relatable and things that you can watch over and over again and think of those funny moments with your best friends. But – not every buddy movie needs to be made. And the most recent one that joined the list, despite the fact it is billed as a movie that will bring laughs, is The Climb.

Following a relationship that can only be described as toxic, The Climb tells the story of the decades long friendship between Kyle and Mike. Despite their friendship dating back to grade school, Mike not only sleeps with Kyle’s fiance but decides to tell him about the several month long affair before his wedding. And this is just the first of several of the missteps taking in their friendship.

The pace of the film over all seems slow, it almost like they tried to make it into a Kevin Smith film and missed the cadence, the humor or actually the story that would draw you into the movie. The film is described as “frequently uproarious film”, but instead we found ourselves tuning out and wondering how much longer was left. It didn’t have enough of a story or threat of one tying the decades of life together other than they were friends. And in the end, it actually made you look back at those toxic relationships you let go of over the years and be glad they’re gone and in the past.

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About The Climb

The Climb

Kyle and Mike are best friends who share a close bond—until Mike sleeps with Kyle’s fiancée. THE CLIMB is about a tumultuous but enduring relationship between two men across many years of laughter, heartbreak and rage. It is also the story of real-life best friends who turn their profound connection into a rich, humane and frequently uproarious film about the boundaries (or lack thereof) in all close friendships. 

Stars Michael Covino, Kyle Marvin, Gayle Rankin, Talia Balsam, George Wendt and Judith Godrèche. Directed by Michael Covino. (SONY PICTURES CLASSIC.)

This film is rated R.

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