Blue Crush

  • Review Date: May 19, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 105 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Tough yet tender surfer heroine story.
  • Review Date: May 19, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 105 minutes

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What parents need to know

Violence

Characters in peril.

Sex

Sexual references and situations, some vulgarity.

Language

Strong language.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Underage drinking and smoking, drug references.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has strong language and a lot of vulgarity for a PG-13. We see a mess in a toilet bowl and a used condom. Ann Marie is a poor guardian for her 14-year-old sister. She chases after her sister when she sneaks out to go to a raucous party and worries about her smoking and ditching school, but makes very little effort to set an example or impose limits. Parents of younger kids who want to see a movie about two sisters in Hawaii who go surfing should take them to see Lilo and Stitch,

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Set in Hawaii, BLUE CRUSH centers on Ann Marie (Kate Bosworth), a cute tough-on-the-outside-but-vulnerable-on-the-inside surfer girl who has what it takes to be world-class if she can just (1) get over the fear she has had since almost drowning, (2) manage to train for her big chance while supporting herself and her younger sister, and (3) not get distracted by Prince Charming, a cute quarterback named Matt. Pals played by Michele Rodriguez and real-life surfer Sanoe Lake provide support.

Is it any good?

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Blue Crush is one of those eye-of-the-tiger, Flashdance on a surfboard, will she believe in herself enough to follow her dream sagas with no special insight or freshness – it's a dreary attempt at story, acting, and dialogue. But oh, the visuals! Hawaii's glorious natural resources, including many very pretty girls in tiny bikinis, are lovingly photographed. The surfing scenes are breathtaking and the water is the most vivid and memorable character in the movie, but some may find the MTV-style camera tricks annoying.

The three actresses have a nice, easy camaraderie and it is easy to believe that they have lived together forever with a mixture of familial bickering and unquestioned loyalty and understanding. On the other hand, amidst the female empowerment there are some issues that make the characters less than ideal role models. Ann Marie accepts a lot of money ($1000 for "surfing lessons") and expensive gifts from the quarterback, and has sex with him after knowing him for a couple of days.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the obstacles Ann Marie must overcome – not just the finding a way to support herself and doing all the training but overcoming her fears of failing and of succeeding. Some viewers may conclude that her attraction to Matt was in part a way to give herself an excuse not to do her best in the competition. Families might also want to talk about the way that the Hawaiian natives feel about the tourists (one tells a tourist to leave the beach he likes to surf, saying "We grew here; you flew here").

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 16, 2002
DVD release date:January 14, 2003
Cast:Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Sanoe Lake
Director:John Stockwell
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Drama
Run time:105 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:language, drug references, and sexual situations

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Teen, 13 years old Written bysarah_soda March 8, 2010
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13
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Okay for teens

Very Underated. The person at the movie store I went to suggested this to be a good 'family movie', and because the back of the dvd anounced PG, I decieded to watch it. I regret that. It wasn't overly bad, it was an okay movie, but I seriously want to know if the people giving an age rating to the movie fell asleep half way through to give it PG.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written bymayraliza March 1, 2009
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Adult Written byjumpinbini April 9, 2008
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13
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This movie has a "You can achieve, if you just believe" (I know, corny)message to it. The main character has a handful of obstacles that she has to overcome throughout the movie in order for her to reach her goal, which is to become a professional surfer. She has real life responsibilities including taking care of her younger adolescent sister and paying the bills on time. A true story of struggle and determination. I highly recommend this movie to teens and older.

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