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At Theaters: 6/8/2007 On Video: 10/9/2007
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 25 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 499932
Studio: Sony Pictures Inc.
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The story follows the relationship between Cody, a young, up-and-coming surfer who thinks that becoming a champion will bring him the respect he feels he deserves, and Big Z, the onetime legendary surfer who everybody thinks has passed on, but in fact has been living alone as a hermit for the past decade.
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Animated Action Comedy - The story is for both kids and adults. It never gets too silly or crazy. It also has a great life's lesson about following your dreams.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Shia LaBeouf (Voice of Cody Maverick)
Jeff Bridges (Voice of Big Z)
Zooey Deschanel (Voice of Lani Aliikai)
Jon Heder (Voice of Chicken Joe)
James Woods (Voice of Reggie Belafonte)
Mario Cantone (Voice of Mikey Abromowitz)
Diedrich Bader (Voice of Tank Evans)
Director: Ash Brannon Toy Story 2
Director: Chris Buck TARZAN
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About The Production
About The Characters
About The Animation
About The Waves
About The Design
About The Music
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: None
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: Several scenes of surfing and a fairly fast paced story.
COMEDY: Quite a few chuckles and smiles.
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USA Today Full Review
Above Average It's not exactly awash in cleverness, but it is good clean fun for the family. Though Cody's character has some rather annoyingly bratty moments, adults will get a kick out of Bridges' recognizable laid-back old surfer.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 64 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
22
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
6
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
7
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
1
Low
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
5
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (M)
10
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
13
About 50/50
85%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 64 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:As expected, children loved "Surf's Up," but they tend to love every movie targeted at them. I certainly recommend it for children. It will easily keep all but the littlest moviegoer constantly entertained.
TEENS:Great opinions from both males and females. Highly recommended.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS and ADULTS:Over half truly enjoyed this movie and most of the remaining opinions are decent so I certainly have no problem Highly Recommending "Surf's Up" as a GREAT FAMILY MOVIE!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
As soon as there was the first wave, there was the first surfer. All you needed was a piece of driftwood, or a block of ice -- and you were off, you were riding. They were hooked, man, they were hooked – they couldn't stop. And they just passed it on and passed it on, handed that surf gene down all the way through the days. Up ‘til recent times, you had your old dudes, your "hang six” cats, these old guys that used to lay down with huge, humongous boards. These guys were the pioneers. But nobody saw what surfing could really be until Big Z did it.

Who was Big Z? You're asking the right guy, you got that far. Z is everything. Big Z is surfing. There may as well not have been an ocean before Z. They invented the ocean for him. He lived so hard because he wasn't afraid to live, and he wasn't afraid to die. He came to Antarctica when I was just a kid. Man, it was the biggest thing that ever happened here. And suddenly there he was. Just floating over the water, just hovering, like weightless. He could have walked up to anyone…and he walks right up to me. And he gives me this awesome, one of a kind Big Z necklace. Then he tells me, "No matter what, find a way, ‘cause that's what winners do.” He was the greatest. Everyone looked up to him, respected him, loved him. And one day… one day I'm gonna be just like him. – Cody Maverick, up-and-coming surfer and star of Surf's Up

The film profiles teenage Rockhopper penguin Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf), an up-and-coming surfer, as he enters his first pro competition. Followed by a camera crew to document his experiences, Cody leaves his family and home in Shiverpool, Antarctica to travel to Pen Gu Island for the Big Z Memorial Surf Off. Along the way, Cody meets Sheboygan surfer Chicken Joe (Jon Heder), famous surf promoter Reggie Belafonte (James Woods), surf talent scout Mikey Abromowitz (Mario Cantone), and spirited lifeguard Lani Aliikai (Zooey Deschanel), all of whom recognize Cody's passion for surfing, even if it's a bit misguided at times. Cody believes that winning will bring him the admiration and respect he desires, but when he unexpectedly comes face-to-face with a washed-up old surfer (Jeff Bridges), Cody begins to find his own way, and discovers that a true winner isn't always the one who comes in first.

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