Lack of Cheese Made for a Very Good Film...
I walked into the theater expecting another inspirational, but terminally cheesy film about Christian values overcoming obstacles. Certainly, "Soul Surfer" had its moments of cheese, but nowhere near the usual pre-processed cheddar chunks so common to such films. I laughed, I cried, and even though the outcomes were predictable, I still cheered for the end. The scene of the shark attack was gory (though the shark itself looked achingly fake), and parents should be warned that some children could be very disturbed by it and the ensuing bloody trails as Bethany is taken to the E.R. Otherwise, I highly recommend this film for families. I do think most children under 7 will find it somewhat boring, but if you think your younger children will enjoy it, the messages and astonishing reality of the tale provides ample room for discussion and life lessons. Besides all of which, my geeky composer self found the score to be very lovely. Worth the watch, indeed.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness
Positive role models