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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
We see surfers of all colors, ages, and abilities.
Violence & Scariness
Risky surfing. We see a disabled survivor of surfing accident.
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A few words of profanity.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has no violence, nudity, or sexual references, but there is some risky behavior and a few mild bad words. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The classic 1966 documentary The Endless Summer by Bruce Brown introduced audiences around the world to the glories of surfing and made the search for the perfect wave thrilling and epic. Brown's son Dana created STEP INTO LIQUID, another movie about surfing and also a stirring tribute to waves, sun, and the people who believe that they best honor nature and the farthest potential of the human spirit by riding on the waves.
You may believe that, too, as you see the heart-stoppingly magnificent swells on the most beautiful beaches of the world and the intrepid and deeply devoted people who surf them. The stories are striking, but this movie is all about the sights, and they are, simply, glorious. The cameras take us inside the pipe waves so that we can almost smell the saltwater. It is a very sweet ride.
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