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Walking on Water

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Sports docu merges surfing with Christianity.

Movie NR 2011 73 minutes
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Perhaps the title should be a giveaway, but this inspiring film is as much about the Christian faith of the featured surfers as it is about surfing. Like most surfing documentaries, there are plenty of montages of athletes riding giant waves, but unlike most surfing documentaries, many scenes are also devoted to the surfers discussing how faith sustains them through the good times and bad.

For the faithful with an interest in surfing or sports in general, this heartwarming documentary will provide a reinforcement of the belief in the value of a strong religious foundation. But it's not perfect -- the flaw in the documentary is that it's supposed to be about surfing, and the religious messages sometimes feel shoehorned between the action montages leaving little time to show the older and younger surfers bonding in meaningful ways. Those who are turned off by heavy religious discussions should probably look elsewhere.

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