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At Theaters: 4/8/2011 On Video: 8/2/2011
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 46 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 569972
Studio: TriStar Pictures
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In the wake of this life-changing event that took her arm and nearly her life, Bethany's feisty determination and steadfast beliefs spur her toward an adventurous comeback that gives her the grit to turn her loss into a gift for others.
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Action Drama - This is an inspirational true life tale for the entire family. Fans of stars AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, and Helen Hunt should be pleased though Carrie Underwood has a small role in her film debut. The story also has strong appeal to Christian audiences. Aside from one intense shark attack scene, the film is safe for children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
AnnaSophia Robb RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN, SLEEPWALKING, THE REAPING
Dennis Quaid LEGION, PANDORUM, G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA
Helen Hunt THE CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION, CAST AWAY
Carrie Underwood Acting Debut
Kevin Sorbo MEET THE SPARTANS, KULL THE CONQUEROR
Director: Sean McNamara BRATZ, RAISE YOUR VOICE
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Production Notes Heading
About The Production
AnnaSophia Robb Learns To Soul Surf
Bethany's Rocks: The Supporting Cast
On The Waves: Shooting Soul Surfer
About Bethany Hamilton
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: None.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: A shark attack with blood.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None.
ACTION: Lots of surfing action.
COMEDY: Some kid humor,
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Above Average 'Soul Surfer' is a wholesome movie, intended as inspirational.

USA Today Full Review
Average While well-meaning, this montage mashup comes across more like an extended commercial for Hawaii tourism than a stirring tale of resilience.

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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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 214 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
49
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
12
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
52
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
2
About 50/50
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
3
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
31
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
65
Very High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 214 moviegoers:
OUTSTANDING REVIEWS FROM ALL AGES, BOTH MALES AND FEMALES! Reviews just don't get much better than this. When half, or more, of the reviews are "Fantastic" and there are virtually no low reviews and very few mediocre reviews, you've got a MUST SEE MOVIE!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Bethany (AnnaSophia Robb) was born to surf. A natural talent who took to the waves at a young age, she was leading an idyllic, sun-drenched, surfer girl's life on the Kauai Coast, competing in national competitions with her best friend Alana (Lorraine Nicholson), when everything changed in a heartbeat. On Halloween morning, Bethany was on a typical ocean outing when a 14-foot tiger shark came out of nowhere and seemed to shatter all her dreams.

SOUL SURFER reveals the moving aftermath of this headline-making story, as Bethany fights to recover and grapples with the future. Strengthened by the love of her parents, Tom (Dennis Quaid) and Cheri (Helen Hunt), she refuses to give in or give up, and begins a bold return to the water. Still, the questions keep hammering her: Why did this happen? Why did she have to lose everything? Will she ever feel the joy and power of riding the waves again? And if she can't be a surfer, then who is she?

The devastating 2004 tsunami in the Pacific Ocean unexpectedly gives Bethany a new perspective. Traveling to Phuket, Thailand with her youth-group leader Sarah Hill (Carrie Underwood), she witnesses life beyond her own shoreline and discovers her greater purpose, she can make a difference in the lives of others. Filled with a new sense of hope and direction, she returns home with a renewed resolve to conquer her own limitations and set an encouraging example for people facing adversity.

At the National Championships, Bethany bravely faces off with her fiercest rival, Malia Birch (Sonya Balmores), and takes her astonishing one-armed surfing technique to the limit. But as the horn blows, and the suspenseful competition kicks off, Bethany is no longer thinking about the challenges of her body. Now, her surfing, her biggest dreams and her life have become about pushing her own physical limits to touch the souls of others.

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