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Rip Tide

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Predictable family drama about a teen chasing her dreams.

Movie NR 2017 85 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 13+

Worthwhile movie

Yes the protagonist in this movie is emotional, makes bad decisions, says mean things when she’s angry and fights with her Mom. Kind of like a typical 18 year old girl. She goes on a journey and matures and makes good decisions, and resolves issues. People aren’t perfect. Neither is this movie. I think it’s a great source of talking points for a parent and child.
age 13+

Wonderful movie!

Captivating story of a supermodel teenager who has been denied the privilege of pursuing her dream of being a designer over being a model to please her mother. Good family story subplots. Watching the evolution of a dream tastefully and pleasingly done. Throw in a little romance and a fun location. Great way to spend 90 minutes with a granddaughter!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (9 ):

This is an awkward, badly written, ill-conceived movie that tells the familiar coming-of-age story of a girl who yearns for her too-busy mother's love and attention. Writer Georgia Harrison has created a script that sketches the most superficial versions of stock characters: the harsh mom, the misunderstood and angry daughter, the supportive aunt. Rip Tide's story is also predictable, and the acting is uneven. The good news is that plot and casting may not bother those satisfied just watching surfers catching waves on a beautiful coast.

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