A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Follow your passion. Don't allow someone else's passion to be imposed on you.
Positive Role Models
Cora seems like a spoiled kid whose mother forced her into a modeling career she didn't really want. In retaliation, she charges a $7,000 first-class airplane ticket from New York to Australia to her mother's credit card without asking permission. She treats her aunt's Australian friends as if they are rubes who don't know what's important. Later, she apologizes for her arrogance.
Violence & Scariness
It's suggested that a surfer dies while surfing. Friends and family mourn him.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A boy and girl kiss chastely.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rip Tide spins a familiar tale. In this version, an up-and-coming 18-year-old model, desperate for her working mom's attention, bolts for Australia to visit her pro-surfer aunt. There she finds romance and support for her true calling -- design -- which gives her the courage to say no to modeling and her mom. It's suggested that a surfer dies while surfing. Friends and family mourn him. A boy and girl kiss chastely. A teen charges a $7,000 first-class airplane ticket from New York to Australia to her mother's credit card without asking permission. 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 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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