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At Theaters: 8/16/2002 On Video: 1/14/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 48 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409925
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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Nothing gets between Anne Marie and her board. Living in a beach shack with three roommates including her rebellious younger sister, she is up before dawn every morning to conquer the waves and count the days until the Rip Masters surf competition. Having transplanted herself to Hawaii, all she needs is the adrenaline-charged surf scene.
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Romantic Adventure - This is a romantic drama with some intense surfing action. It's not a mindless teen surfing movie. The story is well written and it has some feel-good moments. It should certainly appeal to teens and young adults and to most adults.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Kate Bosworth REMEMBER THE TITANS
Michelle Rodriguez RESIDENT EVIL, THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, GIRLFIGHT
Matthew Davis LEGALLY BLONDE
Sanoe Lake Feature Film Debut
Mika Boorem HEARTS IN ATLANTIS
Faizon Love 3 STRIKES
Director: John Stockwell CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 17 S-words, 9 A-words. Just a few milder words.
SEX/NUDITY: Some skimpy bathing suits and unseen sexual activity.
VIOLENCE: One short fist fight.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some minor drinking at a party. Nothing to excess.
ACTION: Several very intense surfing scenes.
COMEDY: Several mildly funny scenes and remarks.
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Above Average

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Very Good "Blue Crush, an end-of-the-summer revel in beach, sun, surf, pretty faces, and buff bods (hey, there aren't even any serious bad guys -- just a few bad bellies), is an engaging, formulaic sports drama that carries a charge of genuine excitement.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Above Average "To the extent that Blue Crush is about surfing, it does a good job. But, when only about 40-odd minutes out of 100 are spent in the water, that leaves a lot of space to fill, and that's where the movie has problems. Without the impressive photography and energetic action sequences, Blue Crush would have been a lot worse. But, if the filmmakers had invested in real characters instead of cardboard cut-outs, it would have been a lot better.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "Looking at the posters for "Blue Crush," which show Bosworth, Rodriguez and Lake posing with bikinis and surfboards, I expected another mindless surfing movie. "Blue Crush" is anything but.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "A sort of water-logged ROCKY, with a little romantic comedy and generational angst thrown in for good measure. ...some truly thrilling scenes shot from a board's-eye view (this is easily the most realistic surf movie to date). ''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 202 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
15
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
16
High
94%
13-19Teens (F)
85
Very High
99%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
17
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
20
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
19
Fairly High
95%
30+Adults (F)
30
Fairly High
87%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

The target audience, teen and twentysomething females, LOVED "Blue Crush." They made up, by far the largest group of opinions and they are very high. For these two age groups it's easy to highly recommend "Blue Crush."

The opinions of all the other age groups were pretty close to the same. Most enjoyed "Blue Crush," but quite a few thought it was just "OK." They gave the opinions of "Good" and lower. Only about half the adults really enjoyed it, but most of the remaining half at least thought it was decent.

I think anyone seeing "Blue Crush" is going to enjoy it, but the level of enjoyment is going to vary quite a bit. If you have any interest in seeing this movie, you really need to see it on the big screen to fully enjoy the incredible surfing scenes.

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
I caught the first showing and collected 13 opinions. Almost all of them were "Very Good" to "Fantastic." Only two rated it as low as "Good." You don't really have to be a surfer fan to enjoy "Blue Crush." There is a very good story to go along with the intense surfing.

I highly recommend "Blue Crush" to everyone!

NOTE: For those of you who don't read the production notes we provide, the surfing you see is real. No fancy special effects are used.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Life for Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth) has been one long Pipe dream.

She's about to make that dream a reality if she can keep from drowning in her own fear.

As the clock ticks down to the Pipe Masters surf competition on the North Shore of Oahu, more is at stake for Anne Marie than the pressure of competing in one of the world's most dangerous, aggressive and male-dominated sports. She must first win a dreaded contest within.

Sharing a beach shack with her best friends Eden (Michelle Rodriguez) and Lena (Sanoe Lake) and rebellious younger sister Penny (Mika Boorem), Anne Marie lives for the adrenaline-charged surf scene, rising before dawn every day to charge the Pipeline's deadly waves. The friends eke out a living as maids in a luxury resort hotel. The humble job pays the bills and lets them keep their focus on the water.

But things change when a pro football team with slovenly habits and fat wallets checks in. Like it or not, Anne Marie starts losing her balance - and finding it - as she falls for quarterback Matt Tollman (Matthew Davis). Suddenly there are options: trophy wife or trophy winner?

But there's really only one choice for someone like Anne Marie. Matt knows it, too - that's why he likes her. And when Anne Marie faces a paralyzing moment of truth on the biggest day of her life, Matt is there, along with Lena, Eden and Penny, to help her remember why the goal that has driven her for so long matters so much.

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