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Surf's Up 2: Wave Mania

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Wave-riding sequel features surf action plus WWE folks.

Movie PG 2017 84 minutes
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This sequel with its amusing -- if not unique -- surfer characters, along with inventive rivalries and stunts, should satisfy fans of the original movie and may appeal to first-timers as well. You don't really have to have seen Surf's Up to catch on to both the plot and the players. In fact, some of this film's solid messages are repeats. As with most direct-to-DVD sequels to big-screen features, Surf's Up 2: Wave Mania lacks the big-name stars (Shia LaBeouf, Zoey Deschanel, Jeff Bridges) and big-time budget of the first movie, but it's an earnest and basically likable effort. The filmmakers stay with the character-driven plot rather than simply continuous action, and Jon Heder and Diedrich Bader are back in featured roles. WWE's quest for cross-promotional opportunities continues. The wrestlers have appeared in The Flintstones and Scooby-Doo! movies, show up here, and even join The Jetsons in yet another marketing DVD bonanza, hoping to initiate ever more young fans to the "sport" of wrestling as entertainment. It's not as cute as the first adventure, but it should appeal to kids who like (and are comfortable with) cartoon action and some familiar laughs.

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