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Trite but inspiring teen surf story has some sad moments.

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 December 17, 2012
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chasing mavericks

Parents need to know that Chasing Mavericks is based on the true story of how 16-year-old Jay Moriarty became a surfing legend by training to ride the massive Mavericks waves. There are a few brief scenes of violence -- mostly pushing, shoving, and huge waves battering a few surfers who aren't up to the task -- as well as a couple of disturbing moments: A young wife/mother suffers a stroke and dies, and a young man is shown moments before his death by drowning. This is an inspiring tale of perseverance and discipline, but (spoiler alert!) it ends in the sadness that Moriarty died at age 22 while doing what he loved: taking risks with the sea.
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Parent Written byShivom Oza November 6, 2012
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Chasing Mavericks (2012) Review by Shivom Oza – American Surfer Jay Moriarty’s Story

‘Chasing Mavericks’, directed by Curtis Hanson (‘L.A. Confidential’, ‘8 Mile’) and Michael Apted (‘The World Is Not Enough’), is based on the life of the American surfer Jay Moriarty. The film is packed with some fantastic real-wave visuals. Towards the end, it strikes the emotional chord as well. Gerard Butler delivers a fine performance as Jay’s mentor Frosty Hesson. Newcomer Jonny Weston is first-rate as Jay Moriarty. There are a few unnecessary side-plots in the film which really slow down the tempo. The film is worth the DVD rental, not a theatre viewing. Circa 1987, 15-year-old Jay Moriarty discovers that the mythic Mavericks, one of the biggest waves on Earth, are not only real, but exist just miles away from his home at Santa Cruz. So, he persuades the local surfing legend Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler) to train him so that he can surf on the Mavericks. The training period begins with Frosty speaking about the four pillars of survival – Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual. Jay gets asked to paddle across waters, write essays on various subjects, holding his breath underwater and much more. In the meantime, Jay’s coping up with his temperamental single mother Kristy Moriarty (Elisabeth Shue), trying to get close to his childhood crush, Kim (Leven Rambin) and an ego clash with his friend Blond (Devin Crittenden). Frosty, too, has quite a few things on his plate. He cannot get himself to concentrate on his family. Surfing is his source of escapism and a way to forget his own personal trials and tribulations. His wife, Brenda Hesson (Abigail Spencer) keeps trying to get close to Frosty but to no avail. The film has too many side-plots. The predominant premise is the relationship between Frosty and Jay, but there are just too many unwanted aberrations. Jay’s relationship with his mother has been dealt with in a fine manner. However, the romantic angle with Kim seemed quite long-drawn. Frosty’s equation with wife too has been presented quite nicely. However, the problem with having too many side stories is that you need to logically conclude each of them by the end of the film. This led to the 2-hour-long duration and frankly, the film doesn’t engage you till that long. The visuals are absolutely breath-taking. The surfing sequences are excellently performed and shot. Gerard Butler and Jonny Weston deliver fine performances. The final 15-20 minutes of the film, packed with stunning visuals and a gripping background score, keep you on the edge of your seat. The ending gets a bit emotional and more or less, covers up for the intermittent flaws. ‘Chasing Mavericks’ is not at all a bad film. It gets a bit slow in the middle but keep the patience, it ends on a high. It is definitely worth a DVD rental, if not a theatre viewing. Shivom Oza
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Kid, 12 years old May 23, 2013
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Chasing Mavericks

This movie about a boy named jay who learns that the famous Mavericks really do exist so he found a surfer (Frosty) who rode the Mavericks to train him. Jay goes through some difficulties in life to get to his dream but overcomes them when riding the Mavericks. This movie was really inspiring to me because it showed me how much he wasn't appreciated by other people and I should make a difference in my life to do that but with a lot of bags to carry on his shoulders he still overcomes it to follow his dreams.
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Teen, 14 years old Written byClancyR April 16, 2013
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Chasing mavericks is a go

I think Chasing Mavericks was action packed. It will make you sad and happy. Jay the main character is not the best role model but the man that trains him is a great role model. Overall I think this is a very great movie.
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Kid, 12 years old April 16, 2013
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Good message

Chasing mavericks is a movie about a kid named Jay who loves to surf. His dad left him when he was younger to go into the military and hasn't come back. One night he hears his friend Frosty's truck turn on at night and he goes out to follow it. He jumps on top and rides it and it stops on a cliff. Frosty gets out and other people are there waiting for frosty to go surf a famous wave that they thought was fake called the mavericks. Immidatly Jay wants to surf the wave, and when they get back he asks Frosty if he can learn to surf the wave. Frosty says no, but his wife talks him into it. Jay slowly learns how to surf the mavericks and I will not spoil anymore. This is a great movie and I reccomend it to families.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byB-Capps22 April 16, 2013
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Good movie

Chasing Mavericks is a very inspirational movie. It shows how sometimes things can be hard. Like trying to follow things you want to do but sometimes you have to go through training like Jay did. It also shows how some friends aren't really your friend just for the things you have or do but they can leave you. The positive role models in this movie were Frosty and Jay. The only language was offensive names against each other but nothing bad. This was a very good movie.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byDream_On_Dreamer April 16, 2013
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Good Movie, Five Stars

This movie is about a young boy who dreams of becoming a surfer.It has a good point in picking your true friends and having a good relationship with your family. I has some consumerism and one of the main character is also a "Drug Dealer". Other than that I have to rate it *Five Stars* for the Creativity and Inspirational thought that was put into it. It does say "Oh my God" and has insults from characters to other characters, Like "Little Trash" or "Bozo". But it does have good role models, and a good point to life! :D
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Parent of a 2 year old Written byNK17 June 12, 2013
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i love this movie

this is a great, yet sad movie but it is pretty tame in content, one use of ''piss'' but that's all
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Teen, 13 years old Written byredskinfan10 May 23, 2013
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Chasing Mavericks

This movie was about a young boy who didn't have a bad and grew up in a home without a dad and in a very small home. He find him self finding his neighbor acting like a dad to him. He was planning on reaching a goal so big it took allot of training. He gets to his goal and fails nut doesn't give up.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byjordan bradshaw April 16, 2013
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Coolest movie ever!

Chasing mavericks shows a very positive message about family relationships, mentors. In this movie jay is pushed a lot by frosty to make sure he realizes how hard this will or may be .also as a kid or teenager his dad walked out not even saying goodbye so he had no man or mentoring his life until he met frosty the man who trained and watched him conquer the mavericks. He lived like there was no tomorrow. This movie is based off a true story. Also this movie shows if you actually get up and try to the best of your abilities to conquer what your trying you will eventually reach your goal. Again chasing the mavericks is a great movie and I would recommend this movie to every age and absolutely everybody!!!!
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Teen, 13 years old Written bydeJong May 23, 2013
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Not so hot

I could never really get into this movie. I found it very boring and pointless. The ending is also very disappointing. I wouldn't spend your time watching it. There is one kiss and some drug dealing.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byKayla502802 April 16, 2013
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The movie that need to CHANGE the ending =)

This movie has a great lesson for kids on how to chase there dreams.As Jay did.He found a friend that loved and cared for him. Frosty showed him how to surf the mavericks and then he marries the girl he's liked for a long long time and then he died at the end that was why I gave it a for
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Teen, 13 years old Written byIsaac6 May 23, 2013
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Chasing Mavericks reveiw

This movie is a great movie about a young boy named Jay. Jay's dream was to ride the great wave called the Mavericks. Jay was taught how to ride this wave by a man who has ridden it before who is nick-named Frosty. This movie has a great message telling us that we could do anything and/or get better at something if we perservere and believe in ourselves!
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Teen, 13 years old Written bymkohler May 23, 2013
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Chasing a dream

This story was about a young surfer who goes to accomplish his goal of surfing a maverick. He has to face many challenges as a young boy and then later as a teenager. It was an inspiring story. The scenery was beautiful and the storyline was great and it had a few twists to it. I really like this movie and would recommend it to anyone.
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Teen, 14 years old Written byAnnieC April 16, 2013
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Positive message

Chasing Mavericks is about Jay Moriarty and his historic surfing on mavericks. It tells about all the training and struggles he went through to get ready for it. At times, his mentor, Frosty, is hard on Jay, but its just his way of showing his love. There are some sad scenes, but its a very positive movie with a lot of moral lessons. Overall it's a great movie.
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