Blue Crush

2002, Movie, PG-13, 109 mins


A sort of water-logged ROCKY, with a little romantic comedy and teen angst thrown in for good measure. Director John Stockwell's ode to the newest generation of surfer girls isn't terribly original, but it does have the refreshing virtue of showing people smacked around by tsunami-sized waves that, for a change, are mostly not computer-generated. Hawaii, present day: Feisty beach bunny Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth) shares a shack with her best friends Eden (Michelle Rodriguez), Lena (Sanoe Lake) and younger sister Penny (Mika Boorem). Every sunrise they hit the waves — Anne Marie dreams of winning the upcoming Pipe Master surf competition — but by day they eke out a modest living as maids at a nearby luxury hotel. Things start to get complicated when a pro football team checks in; Anne Marie finds herself falling for hunky quarterback Matt Tollman (Matthew Davis) and begins to question her dedication to her own sport (turns out she nearly drowned in a contest three years earlier). Will our heroine get the guy and shoot the curl in a triumphant final sequence? Duh, like, obviously, but along the way Stockwell stages some truly thrilling scenes shot from a board's-eye view (this is easily the most realistic surf movie to date). The lead girls are easy on the eyes, and comic Faizon Love, who plays one of Matt's non-surfing, sumo-wrestler-size teammates, nearly steals the show when the girls teach him a few of their better moves. Watching him perched precariously on a board is as hilariously incongruous as watching a whale do ballet. leave a comment --Steve Simels

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