Blue Crush 2

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Surfing flick is a feel-good friendship story.
  • PG-13
  • 2011
  • 112 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

There are positive messages about female friendships and girls who play sports. Pushy and Dana both have to prove their surfing skills to their fellow surfers, and they show that girls can ride the waves, too.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Pushy and Dana are good friends to each other. Pushy helps Dana chase her dream in tribute to her mother, and Dana builds Pushy's confidence to take her surfing to the next level. Tim is caring and selfless and always willing to help others, whether it's by fixing Dana's board or protecting the elephants he photographs from poachers.

Violence

One fairly long fistfight on the beach between two former friends -- each guy ends up with a slightly bloody face. A menacing man follows Dana and seems like he's trying to pick her pocket; he later grabs Dana's chin and threatens her.

Sex

Nonsexual nudity: The same surfer's bottom makes an apperance at least three times (one time running, two times just walking around mooning his friends). Tara flirts with and kisses two guys. There's some provocative dancing, and everyone walks around in bikinis/bathing suits for the entire movie.

Language

Language includes "s--t," "bulls--t," and "bitch," as well as milder swear words like "dammit" and insults like "idiot" and "stupid."

Consumerism

Noticeable product placements include Roxy wear, a women's surfing apparel company (including a cameo by Roxy-sponsored surfer Sally Fitzgibbons), and The Bomb, a South African surfing magazine.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

People drink at a big beach party and at a restaurant, but it's not clear whether or not they're actually drinking alcohol. No one acts or looks drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this surfing flick is a sequel to the 2002 sleeper hit Blue Crush, but it has less cursing and sexual references and stronger themes about family, friendship, and world culture (South Africa). The protagonist and her on-screen best friend are both fantastic surfers, and they're positive female role models who, rather than compete with each other, help each other reach their dreams. There's some mild romance -- flirting, dancing, and kissing -- and a few of the usual swear words ("s--t," "bitch," "bulls--t"), as well as one fistfight that leaves two guys slightly bloody faced. Overall, the movie teaches positive lessons about paying tribute to your parents and meeting your goals.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysurferelmo February 8, 2012

yay a surf film that is very good

best surfing romance film ever made :D
Adult Written byLincy mathew December 9, 2012

a blue crush on south africa

i think its a fantastic movie which everyone can watch together with families.this is a picture about the friendship.love and reaching the goals in our life.in... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 17, 2013

Cool sequel, better than the first.

Great movie, much better than the first one. Some swearing, but nothing tweens don't already hear on the streets. Some sexual content including one scene o... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bysarahzazzle January 4, 2012

Great movie!

It's a great movie for Tweens and teens. It is so much fun to watch and it really embraces being a free spirit.

What's the story?

Dana (Sasha Jackson) seems to have it all -- a huge house in Beverly Hills, a scholarship to university, and a summer to do what she loves best, surf. But after a fight with her father, Dana decides to take a spontaneous trip to South Africa, where her late mother was born and raised. When Dana arrives in South Africa, she meets up with Pushy (Elizabeth Mathis), who takes her to a surfers' commune. There -- with a little help --- the two young women embark on an odyssey to fulfill Dana's mother's dream of surfing the legendary waves at Jeffrey's Bay.

Is it any good?

There aren't high expectations for straight-to-DVD sequels of movies that came out nearly a decade earlier, but this one manages to be entertaining enough to merit a spot in the rental queue. It's not that the acting is remarkable; the most recognizable actress is Sharni Vinson, who was a standout in Step-Up 3D but here is just a supporting player who comes on to say snarky one-liners. No matter; the surfing scenes are still thrilling (the film was shot on South Africa's beaches), and the chemistry between the two friends is refreshingly sweet and collaborative.

Considering how many movies pit best female friends against each other as rivals, it's a pleasant surprise to see two young women who aren't vying for the same guy, job, or wedding venue. In fact, the two guys in the movie are just romantic filler; the heart of the story is how native Pushy and California girl Dana work together to catch better waves, pay tribute to Dana's mother, and help Pushy land a spot on the professional surfing team.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the movie is an example of the "hero's journey" and how everyone needs help to reach their goals.

  • Why are there fewer movies about female athletes? How would the movie have been different if the main characters were guys?

  • Although the movie is set in South Africa, most of the characters are white. How are race and stereotypes handled in the movie?

  • How are the two potential love interests opposites? Was the elephant poaching subplot necessary or believable?

Movie details

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