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The Endless Summer

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Dated but fascinating surfing documentary still charms.

Movie PG 1966 95 minutes
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A fascinating travel adventure that always keeps the sport of surfing, and the waves, front and center. Director Bruce Brown's photography in The Endless Summer makes viewers wish they were out on the waves, too. At a time when surf and beach culture was just breaking through pop culture, audiences were given a real, detailed look at surfing, some of its heroes, and two engaging young men who became virtual ambassadors of the sport.

It may not be fair to put modern expectations on attitudes from over half a century ago, but some of those attitudes may make today's audiences cringe, like half-seriously wondering if they'll be attacked by natives, and patronizing attitudes toward women, both in general and as surfers. The movie's biggest appeal is to fans interested in the history of the sport, especially in how it has changed since the early '60s. But anyone can be inspired by Robert and Mike's spirit of adventure and desire to chase their dreams.

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