A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Endless Summer II retraces many of the steps taken in director Bruce Brown's iconic 1966 surfing movie, The Endless Summer, 35 years later in the mid-1990s. There's more sexual content that mostly objectifies women, like topless sunbathers on a beach in France. Pat and Wingnut are distracted while surfing by topless women facing the water; the narrator refers to their breasts as "zoomers." Bare male and female buttocks in thong bikinis are briefly shown and remarked on by the narrator. A monkey's large testicles are visible, Pat expresses amazement, and the narrator refers to them as "figs." Pat leans in very close and watches a woman's breasts as she's playing pool, then mugs for the camera after she shoots. On the DVD, clicking on the "Other Sports DVDs" option shows several pornographic DVDs available in addition to many sports ones. Drinking includes kava, guaro, beer, a scene in a pub, and a couple of brief scenes in a nightclub and at a party. Occasional strong language includes "ass" and "damn." It can be a good opportunity to talk about some of the risky behavior, like ignoring warning signs about leptospirosis, rafting a river without scouting it first, and stepping on coral.
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What's the story?
Roughly 30 years after the first movie, THE ENDLESS SUMMER II director Bruce Brown and two new young men retrace the journey taken in Brown's iconic 1966 surfing documentary. They also explore some new places like Fiji, Costa Rica, and France. Surfing's changed a lot in the years between trips. Some places visited in 1964 have changed a lot, while others haven't changed at all. What hasn't changed is that as long as there are waves, devoted surfers like Pat and Wingnut will be determined to find them.
Is it any good?
Visually, this sequel's a lot more polished than the original, with more advanced photography and film techniques available as well as a bigger budget that allows an entire crew to join the adventure. But those advantages also mean that The Endless Summer II has lost a lot of the spontaneous and adventurous feel of director Bruce Brown's iconic 1966 surf documentary. There's also less focus on the friendship and camaraderie between the principal surfers. The underwater photography is especially gorgeous, and of course there are still plenty of waves. This time, almost all of them are much, much bigger, too, making the film a good choice for fans of the sport, but with limited appeal as a travel adventure.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how The Endless Summer II compares to the first movie. If you've seen the original, which do you like better, and why? If you haven't seen the first one, would you like to now?
Pat and Wingnut are risk takers. Does the movie make that seem appealing? What consequences could have occurred? Do we get to see any?
Is it OK to show topless sunbathers in a movie that kids might watch? Why or why not? If it's no big deal in France, why do you think it's not as acceptable in the United States?
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