Point Break

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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"Point"-less remake -- and don't try this stuff at home!
  • PG-13
  • 2015
  • 113 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Buried in the plot are ideas about protecting -- and respecting -- the Earth and giving back as much as (or more than) we take from it. But these ideas come from the movie's bad guy, and his message is entwined with the idea that people must risk their lives via dangerous ordeals to "honor" nature.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ironically, the bad guy has the most morals -- he's concerned with protecting and saving the planet -- but he's also a bank robber and someone who doesn't seem particularly concerned with the well-being of his friends. The good guy is completely uninteresting. The characters perform extremely dangerous stunts/escapades that shouldn't be copied.

Violence

Frequent, extreme, death-defying events -- including motorcycle stunts, surfing, rock climbing, base jumping, skydiving, and snow boarding. Guns and shooting. Face and head-wounds; some blood shown. Characters die. Car chases, crashes, fights, explosions. Rock slide.

Sex

Kissing and brief sex scene; couple is shirtless (though nothing graphic is shown), and lying down together on a bed. Scantily clad women shown during party scenes. Brief sexual reference.

Language

Several uses of "s--t," plus "a--hole," "ass," "damn," "hell," "balls," "stupid." Middle-finger gestures.

Consumerism

Mentions of YouTube, visible logos for Monster energy drink, GoPro, and others. Apple iPhone shown.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Pot briefly shown. Characters occasionally smoke cigarettes. Characters hold alcoholic drinks at a party.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Point Break is a remake of the 1991 movie of the same name -- and, like most remakes, it's not worth much. Some teens, especially extreme sports nuts, may be interested (especially given that this version is rated PG-13, as opposed to the original's R), but its shelf life is guaranteed to be fairly short. Expect tons of dangerous stunts (none of which should be attempted by non-professionals), with characters getting injured -- bloody faces are shown -- and dying. There's also fighting, shooting, car chases/crashes, and explosions. Characters kiss and have a brief sex scene; they're clearly topless, but nothing sensitive is shown. Many bikini-clad women are shown dancing at parties. Joints are briefly shown, several characters hold drinks at parties (though they're not shown drinking), and several characters smoke regular cigarettes. Language includes "s--t," "bulls---t," and "a--hole."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChrisH 9 July 24, 2016
Adult Written byStevie111 May 13, 2016

Point Break is slow and poorly done, but still manages to be better than expected

I really enjoyed the original Point Break, and was hesitant when I heard they were remaking it. But, the trailer looked okay and the stunts looked pretty impres... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byAstroPhysics January 11, 2016

Cool stunts- bad plot

The only reason that I enjoyed this movie was because it was cool to see all of the stunts and action on the big screen at the movie theater. The plot is not go... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byhbrau13 March 17, 2016

What's the story?

Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) is an extreme sports enthusiast -- until his best friend (Max Thieriot) dies during a stunt. Years later, Utah joins the FBI and learns about a group of extreme sports enthusiasts who use their skills to rob banks and then give the money away. Utah is sent to investigate, and he joins up with Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez), a man who's dedicated himself to completing the "Osaki 8": eight nearly impossible ordeals designed to honor the forces of nature. As Utah learns more about the spiritual aspect of Bodhi's quest -- and gets involved with the pretty Samsara (Teresa Palmer) -- it becomes increasingly difficult to complete his mission. Not to mention that he could lose his life.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Point Break's violence. What's the appeal of extreme sports? Does this movie make them look appealing or cool? How does this kind of violence compare to other types of media action violence? Which has the most impact, and why?

  • How is Bodhi trying to protect the Earth? Is his plan viable? What else can be done?

  • How does this remake compare to the original? Why do you think Hollywood continues to put out remakes?

  • How does the movie handle its sex scene? What effect does it have? Do you think it's necessary to the story?

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