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Awesome: 17.98%
Worth A Look: 13.48%
Average: 12.36%
Pretty Bad: 22.47%
Total Crap33.71%

6 reviews, 53 user ratings

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Blue Crush
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by Rob Gonsalves

"Good surfing, tired drama."
3 stars

I can recommend 'Blue Crush' pretty much without irony for one thing: the surfing sequences. Mixing dizzying speed and the terrifying force of the waves, the footage -- particularly during the climax, when surfers compete in the punishing Pipeline event -- is about as electrifying as action scenes get.

Director John Stockwell and his cinematographer David Hennings put the camera in the water, on top of the water, on the surfboard and inside the surfer's viewpoint, and the camera feasts just as much on the radiant female surfers showing their stuff as it does on the seething white waves. Leni Riefenstahl might have made a movie like this (and, in her prime, starred in it too).

If you go to Blue Crush with no expectations other than kick-ass surfing and one hour and forty-four minutes of air conditioning, it'll do the trick. But when the movie attempts to tell a story on land, you might want to bring along a flashlight and a magazine -- perhaps the back issue of Outside in which Susan Orlean's article "Surf Girls of Maui," the loose basis for this film, was published. (Orlean had the surreal distinction in 2002 of providing material for a surf-babe flick and a Spike Jonze movie in which Meryl Streep plays her.) Stockwell co-wrote the script with Lizzy Weiss, who came up with the time-honored plot following a Determined Yet Vulnerable Girl Who Must Overcome Fear to Realize Her Potential.

Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth) lives in Oahu with her rebellious kid sister Penny (Mika Boorem) and best friends Eden (Michelle Rodriguez) and Lena (Sanoe Lake). To make ends meet, the girls work as housekeepers at the local swanky hotel, until Anne Marie gets fired for objecting to a used condom left on the hotel-room floor by a visiting football player. She finds less to object to when she meets one of the other football players, Matt (Matthew Davis), who flashes $1,000 at her for surfing lessons; she promptly hops into bed with him, but as written (and played by the fresh-faced Bosworth), Anne Marie is clearly not meant to be taken as a whore, even if the more cynical members of the audience fail to see a difference.

Poor Anne Marie. Her mom up and left for Vegas with some no-account bum, her sister gives her grief, and Eden is always in her face to keep her mind on the upcoming Pipeline. Michelle Rodriguez is in the movie to be the tough-love voice of reason -- the surfer who never had as much natural talent as our heroine and wants to see Anne Marie succeed where she herself failed. As the movie goes on, you begin to notice things like the way the blonde, pink Anne Marie is front and center, her dilemmas given the weight of Greek tragedy, while her non-white friends (including Lena, an amiable non-entity played by surfer and acting newcomer Sanoe Lake with more charisma, despite almost no material to work with, than her first-billed co-star ever shows) stay in the background for support. There are also two comic-relief African-American fatties who horse around and display their bellies every time the movie needs a laugh. Jar Jar Binks, move over. Leni Riefenstahl could've made this part of the film, too.

Those interested in the real world of female surfers might want to take a look at the 50-minute video also titled Blue Crush, released a few years ago; it featured a few of the real-life surf legends relegated to cameos here, like Keala Kennelly and Layne Beachley (who turns up as Anne Marie's main competitor -- she's so laid-back and so supportive of her sisters of the surf that she actually helps Anne Marie catch a big wave). These women have the faces and bodies of real athletes, and you want to see more of them and less scenes like the one in which Matt takes Anne Marie to a posh dinner party and she overhears some snooty women ridiculing her dress.

"Blue Crush" is about an hour of junk surrounded by dynamic surf action. But if that's what you're going to it to see, by all means go. Just don't forget the magazine.

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User Comments

5/22/15 David Hollingsworth Poor man 1 stars
3/27/12 CoolChick So what they're hot??? THE PLOT SUCKED. More like female DEPOWERMENT. 2 stars
11/08/08 Tiffany Losco I really liked this movie. Love the surfing 4 stars
6/01/07 zack sanoe lake is the only reason why I likehe movie, Kate Bosworth ok, and that other chick 3 stars
9/25/06 David Pollastrini all the women in this film are hot! 4 stars
2/09/05 Jeff Anderson The leads are attractive & natural & Stockwell's love for surfing is commendable. IT SHOWS! 5 stars
9/07/04 Jim Story: Nonexistent. Bikinis: Skimpy. Surf Footage: Amazing 4 stars
7/27/04 Karin Johnson You couldn't pay me enough money to watch this shit again. 1 stars
6/28/04 Kade I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! I think its the best movie ever!!!!!!!! 5 stars
5/24/04 LARRY CIELOSZCZYK LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
5/07/04 andrea premecz I think its the best movie ever. But I guess if your not for surfing you won't get into it. 5 stars
1/09/04 TheOthersFan Let's have us some more do-the-nasty sequences and less daytime soap melodrama 2 stars
1/05/04 DM Hmmmmmm, do you think Dr. Chumley disliked it? 1 stars
1/04/04 Nicole UNBIELEVIEBLE once u get a test u can't let go, u can't stop watching it 5 stars
11/22/03 BluDud3 Crap + bad boobs 1 stars
10/06/03 Kitty It was okay, though not as great as I expected. 4 stars
10/02/03 Frank Soucy it sucked 1 stars
9/05/03 Ingo Ok, so the tube shots are great. But that doesn't make a good movie. 2 stars
7/27/03 crazy one of the best movies i've seen. awesome. 5 stars
7/24/03 MDR That shit is hott 5 stars
3/23/03 Lauren Gramann it was really good I loved it 5 stars
3/04/03 velvet Sunscreen, better storyline,more curvy bodies, no moaning, Michelle R no longer rules. 2 stars
3/02/03 JR This review was right on!!! 1 stars
2/24/03 the clergyman '' don't criticize a lie you ha..BLAH BLAH - I hope you die matthew. very soon. 1 stars
2/21/03 Mister Bigglesworth If Ashley Judd, J-Lo, or aging Meg Ryan could surf, this would be their "date" genre flik. 2 stars
2/18/03 Jessica Surfing rocks.Chix rule.And Girls DOMINATE!And life sux withought the surfing 5 stars
2/17/03 Matthew Koenig Don't criticize a way of life you haven't lived. 4 stars
1/15/03 Muppet the wonder surfer Sanoe Lake is hot. 3 stars
1/13/03 Simone The movie was just like any stupid teenage love movie with the same type of plot. 1 stars
1/04/03 surfer surfing is surfing, chicks are chicks, and hollywood is for pricks 1 stars
12/06/02 LJ Friggin awesome movie. Anyone don't like it, they can blow me. Blue Crush is sweeeeeet. 5 stars
9/20/02 Stinger Ignore the criticism...enjoy the surfing & incredible footage 4 stars
9/13/02 Holly MacDonald AWESOME! 5 stars
9/12/02 laron chapman AWESOME AND ACTION-PACKED 5 stars
9/09/02 Patrick This movie was great, the scenery was amazing during the movie 5 stars
9/09/02 Movie guy A GREAT FILM 5 stars
9/08/02 Cliché Master Commits one of the worst cinematic crimes makes chicks in bikinis boring. 1 stars
9/08/02 Tits for the boys… …that's what this movie is about. And Kate Bosworth SUCKS! 1 stars
9/04/02 NavyUboat Hawaii, NorthShore, Waves ++, her inability to overcome - -, new found love - - 3 stars
8/27/02 James Drake The worst movie ever shown at a theatre. It sucks smelly ass. 1 stars
8/24/02 ^ZuLu^ boring stereotype teen-romance and not even beautiful pictures 1 stars
8/24/02 Rampage not even worth a matinee... >_< 1 stars
8/24/02 This must be be for guys cause I'm not buying this stuff. 1 stars
8/23/02 Headshot This is a cool summer movie. It has girls, big waves and bikinis. Nothing more than this... 3 stars
8/23/02 The Chronic Mastubator Probably the mos useless movie in a long time. Dumb & annoying.. completely pointless junk! 2 stars
8/20/02 Ramblin Wreck I moderatly enjoyed this movie the first time I saw it....when it was called "Rip Girls" 2 stars
8/19/02 .Choadushouse. Blue Crush = Crossroads - Britney + Lots of Surfing 3 stars
8/18/02 Peter Brook Some nice tits, some nice asses, some nice surf. All else blows, bigtime. 1 stars
8/17/02 K-ronik Make as many excuses as you like, but this just wasn't great. 2 stars
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