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Parents' Guide to

Point Break

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

"Point"-less remake -- and don't try this stuff at home!

Movie PG-13 2015 113 minutes
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Based on 4 parent reviews

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watched with 8 year old

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Our review:
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Like many remakes, this adventure yarn seems designed more like a soulless factory product, a calculated grab at some overseas profits, than anything anyone actually wanted to be involved with. Based on Kathryn Bigelow's terrific 1991 movie, the updated POINT BREAK copies the basic idea but strips away most of the original's nuance and feeling; this one is unbendingly simple, with few tough decisions or emotional struggles.

Even with all the stunts -- photographed with an annoyingly busy, roving camera -- it feels like very little is actually at stake here. (It's pretty easy to predict when any of the characters is going to die.) There's no suspense; plus, the dialogue is heavy on plot exposition and blatantly obvious statements, and pop music is awkwardly relied upon. Ramirez can't match Patrick Swayze in the original; Bracey doesn't even come close to Keanu Reeves, and Palmer looks like she's turned off her brain, emphasizing her cleavage over her talent. "Point"-less, indeed.

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