Big Wednesday

1978, Movie, PG, 126 mins

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The most pretentious film of its kind, BIG WEDNESDAY may have cost more than all of the other surfing movies ever made put together. Although Brown (ENDLESS SUMMER) captured the beauty and fun of his favorite sport in his "surfumentaries," Milius, whose work always seems underlain with weighty symbolic intent, infuses BIG WEDNESDAY with heavy-handed philosophy and all-around stupidity. Divided into four segments--1962, 1965, 1968, 1974--the film chronicles the coming of age of three surfing buddies (Vincent, Katt, and Busey) against a backdrop of great American social change. Busey and Katt are believable despite the absurd dialog that Milius and cowriter Dennis Aaberg saddle them with. The best part of the film, not surprisingly, is the spectacular and sympathetic photography of the surfing. leave a comment

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