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Blue Crush

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Starring: Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez
Director: John Stockwell
Rated: PG-13
RunTime: 103 Minutes
Release Date: August 2002
Genres: Drama, Sports, Romance

*Also starring: Kala Alexander, Mika Boorem, Faizon Love, Matthew Davis, Chris Taloa, Sanoe Lake

Review by Steve Rhodes
3 stars out of 4

The incredibly beautiful, long surfing sequences in BLUE CRUSH are reason enough to see the movie, and without them, there would be no reason at all since the rest of the story just isn't worthy of a film by John Stockwell, the writer and director of CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL, one of last year's best pictures.

Telling the story of Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth), a wannabe big time surfer, the movie wisely stays frequently wet. This is good since, once we get back on land, the story involving Anne Marie, her roommates, Eden (Michelle Rodriguez, GIRLFIGHT) and Lena (Sanoe Lake), her rebellious younger sister, Penny (Mika Boorem, HEARTS IN ATLANTIS), and her new NFL quarterback boyfriend, Matt Tollman (Matthew Davis, LEGALLY BLONDE), is clichéd and predictable. The less said about this part, the better. If the movie had to get out of the surf, it would have been better off cranking up the guilty pleasure factor. Since it does feature babes in bikinis, the possibilities are limitless.

Ah, but in the water the movie is great. The Hawaiian surf is downright frighteningly gorgeous. A repeated sequence of Anne Marie cracking her head against an underwater rock will have you literally jumping every time. Most horror movies don't produce BLUE CRUSH's level of fear. Using regular speed, along with various levels of slow speed, and filming from every angle imaginable, the water scenes are uniformly mesmerizing. Just try not saying, "Wow!" while watching the surfers ply the waves. It's impossible. BLUE CRUSH is like JURASSIC PARK as the gigantic waves attack with the ferocity and the sound of T-Rexes. It's a real adrenaline rush.

BLUE CRUSH runs 1:45. It is rated PG-13 for "sexual content, teen partying, language and a fight" and would be acceptable for kids around 12 and up.

My son Jeffrey, age 13, gave it ***. He liked the surfing part and the big waves and said that the film really made you jump.

Copyright © 2002 Steve Rhodes

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