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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The power of friendship and loyalty.
Positive Role Models
Characters are not always admirable. Johnny Utah is an FBI agent who is law-abiding but finds himself trying to do the right thing to understand a criminal's motives. Bodhi is a spiritual surfer and good friend but a thrill junkie and criminal who puts his need for adventure above all else.
Violence & Scariness
Graphic shootings and multiple deaths from gunshot wounds, including shots to the head, neck, and gut with a few intense bloodbath scenarios. A few scenes involve bloody, violent fistfights. A woman is bound and gagged and head-butted to unconsciousness. A man tries to force a man's face into a running lawnmower blade. Knives and guns are routinely wielded.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief nudity when a woman is shown topless and in a thong during a shoot-out. A guy moons a bank. A few scenes of kissing and shots with a couple in bed implying intercourse. Seductive dancing; a woman changes clothes under a towel.
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Dozens of instances of profanity, including "f--k" throughout. "Son of a bitch," "a--hole," "hell," sexual references to "jerking off," "bulls--t" in multiple instances, "s--t," "goddamn," and the expression "young, dumb, and full of cum."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Casual drinking throughout; cigar and cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Point Break (remade in 2015) is an entertaining 1990s action movie that's too graphically violent and profane to be appropriate for kids. There are multiple violent and bloody shoot-outs, tons of profanity (especially "f--") throughout, a few scenes of implied intercourse, and a brief scene of nudity featuring a topless woman. The action is intense and well shot, and the story is an interesting one about surfing and criminal minds, with some interesting questions raised about ethics when trying to enforce the law and the power of friendship. But the intense violence, profanity, and gray area of right and wrong make it best for very late teens or adults. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a high-action, intense, outrageous film that manages to blend a lot of action movies into one. There are gorgeous surfing shots, intense bank-robbery scenes, violent shoot-outs, turf wars, and unlikely friendships that offer buddy-picture tropes on both sides of the law. It's Keanu Reeves at his best, playing the unassuming smart guy who comes off as dumb and likable enough to infiltrate a group of surfers who teach him about the real meaning of thrills and adventure with a dose of cheesy California spirituality.
Older teens already inured to violent films may find this retro-amusing, and there are some interesting questions about doing the right thing when the criminal you're tracking becomes not only a source of admiration and respect but also a friend. Though the acting and pace are satisfying for a big blockbuster night, it's way too over the top in terms of violence, profanity, and general lawlessness to be a good fit for kids.
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