Surf's Up

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

Kids will dive into penguin adventure, dude.

PG 2007 89 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 33 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 48 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 5+

Uh...yes please!

I'm a sucker for a mockumentary. It certainly sets the tone for this animated penguin film. In many ways this storytelling device makes the cuteness go down easier. It's a fun film that satisfies the desire to see penguins surf. I think it's a good primer for screening Christopher Guest films in the future.
age 3+

Surprisingly good!

I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this movie but I was pleasantly surprised! Its interesting for kids and adults. Great story line and amusing characters. Fun to watch as a family!

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