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      09.02.2010 17:10
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      Blue Crush - A surfing chick-flick

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      Blue Crush is a chick-flick, surfing movie which came out in 2002. The story is based on an article which appeared in 'Outside' magazine titled, "Surfer Girls Of Maui" by Susan Orlean. It stars Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez and Sanoe Lake.

      Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth), lives for surfing, as do her two best friends, Eden (Michelle Rodriguez) and Lena (Sanoe Lake.) They are also helping to raise Anne Marie's 14 year old sister, Penny (Mika Boorem), after their mum ran off with her new man, who wasn't interested in having a kid around. Penny is a real handful and although all three of them try their best, Penny is beginning to go off the rails and is a constant worry for Anne Marie.

      Anne Marie's life-long dream is to become a champion surfer and she spents all her free time training to win the Pipeline Masters - the toughest surf competition in Hawaii. This is made doubly difficult due to her deep-seated fear of drowning. When Anne Marie was younger she nearly drowned while competing in another surfing competition and she has never gotten over it. Her fear has held her back ever since.

      While working as a maid, in a large hotel, Anne Marie meets handsome quarterback Matt Tollman (Matthew Davis) and finds herself falling for him. She then finds herself juggling her training, parenting and her budding romance with Matt and soon finds that something has got to give.......

      **Cast**

      Kate Bosworth - Anne Marie Chadwick
      Matthew Davis - Matt Tollman
      Michelle Rodriguez - Eden
      Sanoe Lake - Lena
      Mika Boorem - Penny
      Faizon Love - Leslie

      This movie lasts for approx. 104 minutes

      I really do enjoy this movie and have watched it many times. I like Anne Marie's character, as she has a lot of different issues to cope with, which makes her feel more like a real person. The setting is lovely too and makes you wish you were there, enjoying the gorgeous beach and sunshine.

      If you enjoy a good chick-flick, get hold of a copy, grab some snacks and sit back!

      It has a 12 certificate and cntains moderate language, violence and sex references.

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      16.08.2009 17:07
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      A Great Summer Film!

      I have wanted to see the movie Blue Crush ever since it came out in the cinemas way back in 2003 when I was twelve years old! However six years later , which brings us to the year of 2009 and me to the age of eighteen , browsing through the DVD's on sale in my local Wilkinson's , it dawned on me that after all this time of wanting to see this movie , I still hadn't gone to the actual effort of watching it. So I promised myself there and then that this time I WAS going to watch this film , and so I picked up a copy of the DVD and took it to the counter.

      On the same day , i was looking forward to a quite night in with a DVD , and it was then that i decided to watch the DVD. Also the same day , I had just booked my holiday for next year - a two week cruise and so I was in a bit of a 'sun , sea and sand' mood , so this film was perfect for me as I was excited about my holiday and hitting the beach.

      Blue Crush is a romantic drama film released in April 2003. It is an American film and stars Kate Bosworth (Orlando Bloom's ex!). Running time of this movie is one hundred and four minutes ( Just under two hours).

      Anne Marie is works as a maid at a local hotel along with her two best friends Eden and Lena. Her mother ran away to Las Vegas with her boyfriend and so Anne Marie and her friends help bring up her younger sister. However , the girls are serious about surfing - nothing will come between themselves and their surfboards. So what will happen when the girls enter an all-male surfing contest ? Is it just another competition or will it change their lives forever ? Watch Blue Crush to find out!

      First of all I'd like to say , although I'd waited six years to see this movie , it was definitely worth it in the end. Watching it made me even more excited towards my holiday (even if it is a few months away!).

      I am not interested in surfing , never have been , although there was something about this movie that made me think , 'actually , it does look like fun!'. I was extremely impressed with the filming , especially the surfing scenes , I felt like I was actually surfing in the sea! It was very real to life! I also enjoyed seeing the beautiful scenery in the film. The beach looked so perfect!

      My favourite character in the movie , was the main character , Anne Marie played by Kate Bosworth. I liked how this wasn't like any other teen movie where the characters are just 'people who say their lines'. With this movie , I felt like I really knew Anne Marie and as though I was the fourth member of the group. The script allowed the viewers to see deep down into the character and I found Anne Marie to be a very likeable character , as she was strong minded and had such great determination. I liked how the character was made true to life and not a 'successful , rich , young girl with a good job kind of character which you find in a lot of films these days. I thought Kate Bosworth was the perfect choice for the role - She made the character appear so believable. I couldn't imagine the role been played by any other actress , she definitely made it her own!

      This movie left me with a positive attitude! I love 'feel good' films which make you feel on top of the world and as if you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it. I think it teaches us that if you have a chance , grab it with both hands and live life to the max!

      The only criticism I do have regarding this film is the fact that Anne Marie's reason for having so much determination for the sport she loved was to provide a better life for her sister. Beings as her sister was one of her main focuses , I was disappointed that as a viewer , we didn't get to see what eventually happened to her sister , which leaves the viewer guessing and feeling that the ending didn't provide enough 'information'. However this wasn't enough to put me off the film.

      Whilst watching Blue Crush , I enjoyed listening to the different songs playing throughout the scenes! They definitely added to the atmosphere , especially in the competitive scenes!

      I think Blue Crush is a perfect 'ingredient' for a girlie summer sleep over! It really makes you want to hit the beach. I don't think it's necessary to have to be into surfing to enjoy this movie. I have never took an interest in the sport , however combined with a fantastic storyline , I was able to enjoy this movie and the amount of surfing scenes featured certainly weren't enough to put me off the film. In fact , I found the surfing scenes to be quite exciting actually!

      I would definitely recommend this movie!
      August 16th 2009
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        01.08.2009 00:09
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        Not in my top 10 but its still great.

        Blue Crush was released in 2002 and was based on the a magazine article, 'Surf Girls of Maui' by Susan Orlean. Blue Crush is a surfer/ romance film that is 104 minutes long. Rated 12 because of moderate language, violence and sex references, this film is quite a good all rounder.

        Blue Crush opened at #3 at the box office, making $14.2 million but only went on to make $51.6 worldwide and sadly had a $30 million budget so it didn't do very well overall.

        Cast
        Annie Marie - Kate Bosworth
        Eden - Michelle Rodriguez
        Matt - Matthew Davis
        Lena - Sanoe Lake
        Penny - Mika Boorem

        Plot
        Anne Marie Chadwick is a great surfer living in Hawaii with her 2 friends who also share the responsibility of raising her 14 year old sister, Penny, after their mother ran off to Vegas with her boyfriend. Anne Marie, Lena and Eden all work at a local hotel as maids while Penny is at school in order to pay the bills but often find themselves arriving late because they've been surfing before hand.

        Anne Marie was once one of the best female surfers around but had a near drowning experience which took her out of the game. Eden is helping her train hard for her comeback in a famous competition, Pipeline. Anne Marie has a lot of insecurities when it comes to surfing and often chickens out when it comes to the big waves.

        After cleaning a disgusting room, occupied by an American Football player, Anne Marie meets Matt who is also on the team. The team are having a vacation while in town for the Pro Bowl and after Anne Marie quits her job, they hire her and her friends to teach them how to surf.

        Anne Marie and Matt quickly hit it off and they spend a lot of time together, including her staying in the hotel where she used to work. Eden doesn't really agree with the amount of time Anne Marie is spending with Matt as she thinks it's stopping her from training as hard as she could be. Although she has lost focus on the big picture, Anne Marie's friends and there for her and are determined to see her succeed.

        My opinion
        This film is pretty cheesy but I cant help loving it. The one thing I was really glad to see was that the ending wasn't exactly predictable. Yes, there is a happy ending but it isnt the one that a lot of viewers will think is going to happen.

        Although there is quite a big romance element to this film, the storyline is more about surfing and the troubles that friends and families must go through. There are a lot of good surfing scenes and 1 that made me cringe a fair bit which i wasnt expecting at all. The storyline is fun and easy to follow but it isn't just your average teen film. I cant really pinpoint one thing that makes me love this film, it just seems to be one of those films that you either love or hate.

        Kate Bosworth was great as Anne Marie and her and Michelle Rodriguez had a crash course in surfing for some of the scenes but for most of the big ones, stunt doubles were used. Bosworth certainly put some passion behind this role, as did Rodriguez, who plays firey characters really well.

        This film is great if you want some easy watching and want to see some amazing scenery and surfing. Fab film!

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          18.07.2009 20:38
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          Fab Soundtrack, great scenery, harmless fun

          Blue Crush is the chicks answer to a surfing film. The guys hate it and the girls love it - or so I'm told down at my local surf pub in North Devon.

          I think it's great, but then I'm a chick who likes to get in the water.

          ~What's it all about?~

          Anne Marie Chadwick lives with her best friends Eden and Lena and her rebellious sister Penny in Hawaii. They eat sleep and breathe surfing and when not in the water they work at the five-star hotel resort as chambermaids.

          Anne Marie has been entered into the PipeMasters Surfing competition as the local wild card and she is to be pitchd against the worlds best ladies pro-surfers. However, since having a serious wipeout a few years before her confidence has taken a huge dent and she must overcome it to compete.

          Intertwined with the surfing comes the love story as pro-footballer Matt Tollman comes to stay at the hotel with the rest of his team for a vacation and falls for chambermaid Chadwick.

          Will their love disrupt her chances of success at the competition?

          Will she overcome her issues of abandonment as her mother has run away and left her to be the primary carer of her youger disruptive sister.

          Will she overcome feisty local disregard amongst the male surfers that a woman "can't charge pipe?"

          ~Answers~

          Well This is Hollywood and the Daily Star called it "the Hottest Teen Film of the Year" (2003). For the most part dreams do come true but not necessarilly in the way you'd expect and there are several big plot gaps that are left unfilled.

          However, plot isn't really what this is about. Apart from the beautiful cast and stunning setting this film is about girls and surfing. This is a huge growing business, now widely accepted, but females have struggled to be noticed in this previously male dominated sport.

          ~Setting~

          Set on the gorgeous island of Hawaii where the prestigious Pipe waves crash onto the North Shore we watched bikini clad lovelies sunning and surfing. we see local well muscled guys ripping the waters and that's pretty much it.

          ~Characters and casting~

          Anne Marie Chadwick is played by a very thin, pretty and fit Kate Bosworth (I'm not bitter). She's blonde and beautifully dressed and easily watchable.

          Her friend Eden is played by Michelle Rodriguez normally cast in pretty hard, somewhat macho roles she is softer here but still rough. She gets annoyed that Anne Marie has found love and may lose her chances of competing at Pipe Masters which Eden would dearly love to do but "wasn't invited". Her role is to watch out for her friend and this she does well. She's the moral voice of the tale.

          Lena the kooky and beautiful friend played by model Sanoe (pronounced Sannoy) Lake is great as the supporting and funny ally. She helps look out for Anne Maries little sister and provides contrasting beauty to Bosworth.

          Matt Tollman is played by Matthew Davies who has been seen before in Legally Blonde as Warner the pathetic love interest. In Blue Crush he's a pro-football quarterback who falls in love with Anne Marie and the Ocean. He's pretty to look at and it's a believable pairing it's a shame that the story is left open between the pair.

          ~Other supports~

          Other characters come from the rest of the football team, wonderful bubbly guys who add great humour to the story and their bitchy A-list wags.

          We have intense local guys who argue "we grew here you flew here" to tourists and defend their island with pride. They are all fantastic surfers and their talents are a joy to watch.

          We also enjoy watching Penny the little sister played beautifully by Mika Boorem. She flips between argumentative teenager and basically good kid. She too has been abandoned by her mother and is still at school but feels rebellious and does look for trouble. It's a great little character, possibly the best of the bunch.

          ~Thoughts~

          I love surfing and always have so watching anything that gives me romance, surfing and escapism is going to catch my attention.

          There are a number of flaws with this film, but it doesn't proport to offer more that is. For your money you get lighthearted, young and fresh characters, a killer soundtrack, sun, sea and sex. Bonus. Lenny Kravitz wrote the track "If I could fall in love" for this film and it's edgy rock sound is perfect here.

          It's rated 12 and runs for 100 mins and there are tons and tons of extras and special features on the disc. You can pick this up for a couple of quid on Amazon now.

          I loved it - but I'm only giving it three stars because it could have been better and there are holes.

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          17.01.2009 01:22
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          A great teen movie, even the guys will enjoy this one!

          Blue Crush is a teen drama based around the lives of 3 friends & their love of surfing. The main character Anne Marie Chadwick (Kate Bosworth) is completely dedicated to her chosen sport & lets nothing get in between her & her training sessions. She is training for the biggest & most dangerous surfing competition in Hawaii known as the Pipe Masters. When the film starts she is 7 days away from the biggest day of her life & the film goes nicely through those seven days in preparation for the Pipe Masters.

          Along with best friends Eden (Michelle Rodriguez), Lena (Sanoe Lake) & her disobedient younger sister Penny (Mika Boorem) who also is passionate about the sport, they help to keep Anne Marie on the straight & narrow to make sure she trains hard for the Pipe Masters. Anne Marie vows never to let anything get in the way of her dream of being on the cover of surf magazine... that is until she meets handsome pro footballer Matt (Matthew Davis). He throws her off her concentration & she must fight to find a balance between romance & the sport she has dedicated her life to.

          I personally love this film & enjoy it every time I watch it. I never seem to get bored of it even after watching it so many times. It's a great teen film with a brilliant soundtrack, you don't have to be a fan of surfing to enjoy this film as I'm not. The acting is good, especially from Kate Bosworth, you can really connect to the character & feel her pain as she feels her opportunity slipping through her fingers. This is a very enjoyable film, mainly aimed at young people but that doesn't mean that it can't be enjoyed by all ages. The struggle Anne Marie goes through I'm sure is relatable to anyone. Id gladly recommend this film to anyone, whether you're a fan of surfing or the actors in it or not. It makes no difference. This is simply a very entertaining, well written & well acted film.

          The DVD has some great bonus features included on it like the making of the film, a music video, surf fashion, commentary with Kate Bosworth & commentary with the director.

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            23.11.2008 00:41
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            Blue Crush, not impressed

            I wasn't at all impressed with this movie. I found it to be extremely boring and the actors didn't do a very good job acting at all. I think the only reason anyone likes this movie is because of the female leads that are pretty attractive and they are surfer chicks. Every guy likes a guy's girl who is athletic and hot. My boyfriend loves this movie, a typical guy, I know, but I just thought this movie was stupid and boring.

            The story is about three girls whose passion is surfing. The main character, Anne Marie, played by Kate Bosworth, is a woman who is living in Hawaii and working as a maid in a hotel. Anne Marie has been surfing since she was just a little girl and she is really very good at it. Anne Marie and her two best friends and co workers Lena, played by Sanoe Lake, and Eden, played by Michelle Rodriguez, who all three spend their days working and surfing.

            The storyline is a little bland. Anne Marie meets a hotel guest that would like to pay her to give him surfing lessons. Obviously, as expected, Anne Marie and this attractive gentlemen named Matt, played by Matthew Davis, begin to fall for each other in this 21st century surfer love story. Anne Marie has a lot of issues of her own after being abandoned by her mother years ago and left to look after and raise her younger sister Penny. Anne Marie has qualified to be in a huge surfing contest that could give her a career in the surfing world and solidify her future, however, due to a freak accident while on a previous surf when Anne Marie almost drowned, her fears of big waves resurface during the competition and she doesn't know if she has the courage to compete.

            I said it earlier and I will say it again, I found this storyline to be very boring and I was not at all impressed with the acting. I watched this movie only one time, it was my first time and it will definitely be my last. I do not recommend this film.

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            15.11.2007 11:42
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            An amazing movie about surfing and friendship.

            Run time approx 100 mins.
            Certificate: 12.
            Directed by, John Stockwell.
            Produced by, Brian Grazer.
            Stars Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Sanoe Lake, Mathew Davis and Mika Boorem.
            Released in 2003.


            ~Synopsis~

            The story follows Anne Marie, a keen surfer living in Hawaii, with her two best friends Lena (Sanoe Lake) and Eden (Michelle Rodriguez) and her rebellious little sister a Penny (Mika Boorem).
            Anne Marie is passionate about surfing and is training hard to win the toughest surf competition in Hawaii - Pipe-masters, on pipe-line, which is the deadliest wave in the world. But three years previous, Anne Marie nearly drowned after hitting her head on a reef, and this still plays on her mind when she’s in the water.

            The three friends have jobs as maids, a job they hate - but need to pay the rent. Whilst working, Anne Marie catches the eye of a pro football player named Matt Tollman who is staying at the hotel they work at, and soon she’s persuaded to give him surfing lessons…..as you can imagine, things progress between the two and soon Anne Marie is losing focus on the big competition. But one thing she hasn’t lost is her friends, can they help Anne Marie face her fears and live out her life long dream of surfing pipe?


            ~About the film~

            The film is set in Hawaii on the infamous Pipeline on the North shore, which is the deadliest wave in the world. The scenes in the water were mostly filmed with either cameras fixed on boogie boards or simply guys swimming with cameras, but the footage they got was amazing. The films director John Stockwell and producer Brian Grazer are both surfers, and were determined to make this film as real as possible, so with help from some of the best female surfers in the world including Kate Skarrett, Kealla Kennelly and Rochelle Ballard, the local community of the North shore, and the water safety patrol - whom without them, the movie wouldn’t have been possible, they got a fantastic movie with awesome footage.


            ~My Thoughts~

            I’m not generally a fan of ‘girly films’, but this one is different. Yes it has a soppy romantic story entwined into the plotline, but it’s not the main story, it’s more about surfing and friendship – but mostly surfing, which is fantastic (I normally hate cheesy chick flicks!)

            I must admit though that one particular scene in the movie made me cringe, it was when Kate Bosworth’s character was surfing near the beginning of the film, and although Kate and Michelle were given a crash course in surfing, they would never be able to surf like pro’s in such a short time, and so the big wave shots in the movie were by stunt doubles, and one particular shot of Kate’s stunt double had the face replacement technique used on her, to put Kate’s face on her body. And it was pretty obvious – I noticed it the first time I saw this film and second time round it was even worse. But throughout the rest of the film, it wasn’t really that noticeable (if at all) in a lot of the other shots. Maybe it’s just me being picky!

            Aside from that, the acting was good, I really like Kate Bosworth, and a lot of the other actors were locals who had never acted before, but they did an amazing job and did what they do best…surf! The shots they got for the film were fantastic, and they were really in the thick of it out in the water, and it’s obviously so unpredictable out there in the ocean.
            If you watch the extras on the DVD you see how tough it was, and how they all got worked and had some kind of injury whilst out in the water.
            The shots in the water let you experience visually what it’s like to be in a barrel and come out of the other side, and to see how the waves are created, really awesome to see.

            It’s a truly inspirational film, and you’ll probably want to buy a surf board when you see it! I’d definitely recommend watching it if you love the water, it’s a real feel good movie that will have you laughing in parts and then completely on edge! But most of the time, you’ll just be in awe of the huge waves and incredible shots in the water.


            ~Special Features~

            • ‘Three friends, one passion’ – A behind the scenes look at the making of Blue Crush.
            • Deleted scenes – Shows all the scenes that didn’t make it into the movie.
            •Lenny Kravitz music video – ‘If I could fall in love’.
            • Filming Blue Crush – Showing the techniques that were used to shoot the amazing footage for the film.
            • Wipeout! – This shows the awesome power of the ocean, and the wipeouts and action scenes that were caught on film, some pretty amazing (and scary) stuff!
            • Surf Fashion – Sanoe Lake takes us shopping, and shows us some fantastic surf wear for girls.
            • Inside the world of surfing – An amazing look at the history, terminology, equipment and the best places to catch a wave.
            • Commentary with Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez and Sanoe L ake.
            • Commentary with Director John Stockwell.
            • The female surfing revolution – A featurette about the world’s best female surfers.
            • Skateboarding – takes a look into the skateboarding culture.
            • DVD-ROM features.
            • Riding the waves.
            • Blue Crush promo.
            • Theatrical Trailer.


            Surfs up!!

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              22.07.2005 13:57
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              hilarious beach comedy

              now this film is supposed to be a chic flik i went to see it on my first date with my girlfriend. well what can i say i loved it i went out and bought the dvd as soon as it came out. there is the boy meets girl falls in love but the comedy lines in it were excellent. even if you have an interested in surfing youll love it i think this film is just an all round film i think anyone would enjoy. i have watched this film quite a few times and the jokes do wear out a little but saying that i have watched it upwards of 25 times and i would watch it again and still have a laugh and enjoy it. i would highly recommend this film to any one looking for a laugh. i really think everyone should scrap the chik flik title and give it a comedy listing.

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                At the weekend my flatmate bought the film ‘Blue Crush’, a film about surfing, in preparation for her very own surfing holiday. She has never been surfing before and honestly believed this film would provide her with some handy tips on how to be the ultimate surfer babe. Plus, we simply love teen flicks... Its subtitle is ‘Three friends. One passion. No limits.” which I thought pretty nondescript, since it implies that there are three friends and they surf (the passion) and that is all there is to it. Surely there must be a plotline? It stars a very radiant-looking Kate Bosworth as the main character Anne Marie who certainly manages to fill her bikini well, and also features Matthew Davis as football player and love interest Matt, Michelle Rodriguez and Sanoe Lake as her roomies, best friends and fellow surfers Eden and Lena and finally Mika Boorem as Penny, Anne Maries rebellious sister. Anne Marie dropped out of high-school in favour of following her dream to become a surfer chick extra-ordinaire. After their mother left (not sure why), she was left holding the baby, as it were, or rather her little sister. Her main goal is to take part in the Pipe Masters surfing championship. Now, when a wave curls up on itself it forms a pipe that you can then surf through. It’s dangerous and difficult, and in fact Anne Marie, who has always been a promising surfer and even holds the Junior title, had an accident three years ago at the very same event where she banged her head on a large rock in the water. She trains hard for it, but fearing that the accident may happen again, she feels a bit uneasy about it. The three girls work as chambermaids at a luxury hotel, but Anne Marie manages to get fired. Now she has to resort to offering ‘private surfing lessons’ to football quarterback Matt who offers her a lot of money for it. Enough to help her and the girls to make rent, at least. Well, within a day
                he is already quite good at it, so she goes back to his hotelroom to pick up the money and snog him. Yes, this IS an accurate description of the storyline. In all honesty I thought I had fallen asleep and missed something, or that they had mistakenly cut a large chunk of the film, because while this plot development in itself was not surprising, it came completely without warning. Maybe it’s his reward for doing so well? Maybe there was an implicit agreement somewhere in their contract? Anyway, afterwards she hangs out with him a lot (he is certainly getting his money’s worth I would say), but one of her friends (I wish I could remember which one, but I think it was Eden) keeps telling her off for sacrificing her dream. After all, Anne Marie is such a promising surfer and clearly destined for greatness, even if it’s only in surfing terms. Matt then buys Anne Marie a very nice dress to take her to a swanky party at the hotel. When in the toilet cubicle, surprise surprise, some random women come in to huddle up by the mirror and talk about how our Anne Marie is a nobody. Anne Marie then storms off, Matt following her of course, and she walks straight over to the beach and into the water (why, God, why?). There she tells him that she is not happy with their arrangement, and he says that he can’t make any promises and she should really take part in the surfing contest. So she does. Everybody turns up to root for her, even Matt. In the first heat she has a minor accident and, caring as he is, Matt then tells her to go out there again (after she told him that it’s so dangerous that people have died in the past). I don’t think it would be fair to reveal the end here, because I am sure that you all would LOVE to see this film for yourselves. Well, the location is very nice indeed, there are some nice surfer shots, the blue sea and the blue sky also feature heavily, but to be honest, it didn’t rock my world. Na-ah
                , not at all. `Blue Crush' is director John Stockwell's attempt at exploring the friendship and determination of three girls who have only each other. Instead, the plot simply doesn’t strike me as very convincing. Anne Marie’s friends haven’t got lives of their own, her little sister’s existence is pointless (in terms of merit to the film), and all characters are equally flat. Hawaii being the glamorous location that it is, we don’t really get to enjoy any of it because, well, it just doesn’t feature. There are nice shots of random people (and a dog – I kid you not) surfing, some waves and plenty of CGI. The end is not exactly surprising either, but by that time I didn’t really care too much anymore. About anything. You could have threatened to shoot me with a gun and I would have said: “Yes, please, shoot me. Shoot me now!”. The best thing about it was the soundtrack, featuring the Doves, NERD, Zero 7 and Lenny Kravitz. Nobody is particularly bad in it, it is just that the roles do not really demand a lot of talent. However, it does deserve one brownie point: My friend has learned that you a) dive underneath the waves to avoid being clobbered to death by your surfboard as it hits the top of a wave and b) you can even dive and use your board as a shield if you turn face-up before reappearing on the other side. For the guys out there: there are plenty of bikinis to go around and Kate Bosworth is exceedingly pretty. For the gals: well, there’s the surfing and Matt, the football star, is not too bad to look at either. Please don’t get me wrong: I enjoy films that haven’t got a hidden message, because I quite simply want to be entertained. I do not need films of books to ‘make me think’. However, the plotline is as thin and full of holes as “The Deep Blue Sea”, but without the sharks and more surfing. It did manage to get my friend e
                xcited about her holiday, and I have seen worse films. I guess it really depends on what floats your board (lol).

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                  My brother came to see me recently and with him he had a bunch of films for me to watch (bless him). He knows I love teen movies (I'm the teen movie queen don't you know!?) with a passion so in the pile was "Blue Crush". Oh no, not the movie with that Bosworth chick, the one who's going out with...sob Orlando Bloom! Well yes that's the one. Day after day it was just sat on my DVD player, finally I decided I might as well watch it, it's not like she's gonna be snogging Orli in the movie or anything!

                  Anne Marie Chadwick lives in Hawaii with her two best friends Lena and Eden, and her rebellious little sister Penny. Anne Marie is a hardcore surfer chick who, after an accident is left with little confidence. Anne Marie has to prepare for a major competition approaching; she needs to practice, practice, practice but what one thing can be the biggest distraction to a cute little blonde chick in a bikini? You got it, a beautiful man! That's where the gorgeous Matt comes in, he's not as much a distraction, but Eden thinks Anne Marie is wasting valuable preparation time with this guy.

                  After reading that, I guess you could say this movie lacks a story. It's a very thin plot, and just such a basic story; you can't help but feel a little disappointed. A girl has to prepare for a competition, then comes along handsome guy, it sounds so familiar doesn't it? But I was probably expecting too much, it is JUST a teen movie after all, isn't it? Well actually no, I mean in the sense that it's not a run of the mill teen movie. Normal teen movies have comedy to make up for the lack of a decent plot, however in blue crush's case, there isn't really much comedy, it's a serious teen movie don't you know? What I personally don't understand is why the movie is so serious, come on, we have three gorgeous girls hanging around in scantily clad bikinis, nothing serious about that. A tad hypocri
                  tical? Also this movie seems to be rather cliché ridden, it's not a shock as most teen movies are, but if this film was really to live up to its teen movie with a different status, then the clichés should have been toned down, a lot. Also what's with the subplots which go absolutely nowhere? There's this semi interesting sub plot about Anne Marie's sister Penny being a bit of a rebel, but that goes nowhere, then there's Anne Marie's mother who left them, which again goes nowhere. Unnecessary space fillers? I think so.

                  Another disappointment is that this film has no nail-biting climax. It's so predictable, and not even in a good teen movie way. After watching the movie for half an hour is so simple to guess what's going to happen. The script was also lacking in my opinion. Admittedly people don't go into a movie with teen stars leading the cast, expecting Oscar worthy performances or a brilliant script, so in this instance I guess the predictability of this movie is no real big deal. Halfway through the film I couldn't help but phone my friend Kimberly and tell her how much she looked like Sanoe Lake, a sign this movie hadn't really grabbed my attention, rather than thinking about the story I just kept thinking, wow, Lena looks like Kim...that can't be a good thing right? I guess that's the biggest problem this movie has, it has a tendency to go all slow on you without warning, it just seems to have a dull, monotonous tone.

                  Kate Bosworth in my opinion gave a decent performance, although at times I felt she just seemed so emotionless, but maybe that was the character, who knows, I'll watch "Wonderland" and decide if Miss Bosworth deserves the leading lady status. In a way I felt the role was a bit wasted, Michelle Rodriguez gave a much better performance than Bosworth did, and she was only the supporting actress. Maybe it was too early for her to be the main character even if it's
                  just a teen movie. The only cool thing about Kate Bosworth is her eyes! One green and one blue, which has absolutely nothing to do with the movie!! Although I felt Bosworth disappointed in this movie, I still think she has talent, but needs to know where she's going, teen movie bimbo or serious Hollywood starlet? Good performances also came from Matthew Davis, Mika Boorem and Sanoe Lake, however I think the best performance came from Michelle Rodriguez, she played Eden as a bit of a tough coach to Anne Marie but she played the part really well, unlike emotionless Bosworth.

                  This movie is directed by John Stockwell who also directed one of my favourite movies "Crazy/Beautiful". Direction wise I can see this guy isn?t very versatile, this film shares a very similar tone to that of "Crazy/Beautiful". It works for C/B however it doesn't work for "Blue crush". This film in my opinion should have been a bit more upbeat and fun, rather than so serious. Stockwell possibly wanted this to be no ordinary teen movie, but having done that, he's probably alienated his target market, and bored others.

                  Something worth mentioning is the great camera work; the way the big, beautiful waves are filmed is just amazing. It genuinely makes you want to get out a surfboard and hit the waves! Some of the best scenes are of the girls hitting the waves. David Hennings the cinematographer seems to get right in there, making it seem as though you are in the water yourself, that is what I call good cinematography, when you yourself feel as if you're surfing right there with them. The dazzling cinematography was definitely a highpoint of this movie. They might have skimmed on the plot, but at least they didn?t with the impressive camera work.

                  If you're into surfing then you'll probably enjoy some of the great surfing sequences, or in my case staring longingly at the beautiful crystal beaches. I felt the energetic surf
                  ing scenes were impressive however CGI is certainly not that impressive in this film, as you can blatantly see Bosworth's face has just been CGI'd onto some professional surfers face. Not a good move, however if you still like surfing then you'll probably enjoy those scenes. But if you think just because you're a surfer you'll enjoy this then you're sadly mistaken, as love happens to ruin everything surfing related, which might annoy the surfer fans among us.

                  I have to mention the brilliant soundtrack, which is probably the best thing about this movie. One of my most favourite songs ever "Destiny" by Zero 7 is on the soundtrack, and also appears in the movie, in one of the best scenes in my opinion, only because the music and the actual scene fit together so perfectly. Other great songs that can be found are "Cruel summer remix" by Bananarama, which is a summer anthem in my opinion! The doves "Firesuite" is also on the soundtrack as well as Lenny Kravitz' "If I could fall in love", N.E.R.D's "Rock star". Beenie man's "Party hard" and many more, it's definitely a soundtrack worth picking up.

                  Overall this movie is nothing special, slow at times, and in all honesty, quite pointless but that's the fun of it, as serious as it might try to be, this is just another teen movie. A movie for people who prefer teen drama movies, although it really isn't that serious, it just lacks the fun most teen movies have. This movie is more than just girls in bikinis, but not much more. This movie isn't terrible; it's just extremely mediocre. I would recommend this to teenage girls who like to watch young heroines pulling through troubled times. However I wouldn't recommend this to people who get bored easily, as this film does tend to drag on. I would probably watch this film again if I had nothing else to do, but it's not something I will remembe
                  r for a long time to come.

                  CAST~~

                  Kate Bosworth - Anne Marie Chadwick
                  Matthew Davis - Matt Tollman
                  Michelle Rodriguez - Eden
                  Sanoe Lake - Lena
                  Mika Boorem - Penny Chadwick
                  Chris Taloa - Drew
                  Kala Alexander - Kala
                  Ruben Tejada - JJ
                  Kaupena Miranda - Kaupena

                  DIRECTOR~~


                  John Stockwell

                  CERTIFICATE~~

                  12A

                  RUNTIME~~

                  104 min

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                    To say I?m not really sold on the whole surfing thing would be something of an understatement. I have little interest in standing on an ironing board, negotiating shark infested waters and being crushed by 80ft waves in the pursuit of thrills and the Hollywood portrayal of the sunkissed testosterone infused surfer bum has never resulted in pallatable viewing in the past so I didn?t hold out too much hope for Blue Crush either...despite the claims of those involved in the filming that it attempted to do something new. Inspired by a magazine article on female surfers, co-writer Lizzy Weiss apparently intended to make a surfing movie about the sport as it really is rather than following the usual Hollywood route and churing out another Point Break(which was great when it had bugger all to do with surfing too) so teaming up with director John Stockwell, that?s what she did...arguably. Whether it was worth the effort or not is a matter of opinion, for the most part, I?d say not, which is a little bit of an unfair assessment because I did enjoy the movie a lot more than I expected to. I didn't learn a damn thing about surfing though which leaves me scratching my head about Weiss was trying to acheive but ahh well... Blue Crush probably isn?t aimed at me anyway, think of it as one of those movies which appeals to a teenage audience, probably girls more than boys in terms of the storyline, probably boys more than girls in terms of the bikini clad T&A although this is a PG so they?ll be a little disappointed aside from a few flashes of butt and cleavage and will have to settle for the surfing. When it actually gets on with the business of surfing then it comes alive but sadly this amounts to as little as perhaps just a third of the movie, the rest bogs down in a sodden onshore drama which obviously neither writer was particularly interested in but felt they should include because 90 mins of surfing isn?t something you can throw onto a cinema screen an
                    d start raking in the cash from...boy meets girl fluff with a surfing backdrop however, is, and that?s where this movie goes after an initial promise to be something more interesting. The movie focuses upon three surfer girls, Anna Marie, Eden, Lena and Anna Marie?s college age sister Penny. The three older girls work as chambermaids at a local hotel but at least one, Anna Marie, could have a career outside of there as a championship surfer, she is certainly good enough and there are few pro-female surfers on the circuit (we are told...don?t ask me, I have no clue). Unfortunately, she almost drowned a few years back and her confidence is somewhat shot to pieces, but urged on by her friends she enters the Pipemasters tournament in Hawaii, dreaming of finding a sponsor and the fame and fortune which goes along with it. The waves are huge though and her training for the competition is interupted by new love interest Matt, a pro-footballer who is also there to take part in some football tournament and wants to learn surfing along with his football buddies. Will Anna Marie win the tournament, the boy and realise her dreams? If you care then you can watch it on R1 DVD right now or you can wait until umm, sometime around March I think when it is scheduled to appear in our cinemas...an absolutely fantastic release date for a summer movie...lol! Blue Crush is, I suppose, a little like Rocky, but wetter and with a far more attractive lead star who doesn?t require the addition of subtitles for you to pick up every word she says. Anna Marie is the underdog, she trains, she has problems, she comes good...maybe? It?s a movie which is also as much, if not mostly, about female empowerment as anything else. Surfing is a traditionally pretty masoginist sport and we?re frequently treated to scenes of guys putting down girls as being ?unable to surf pipe?, ?just a girl? etc. shortly before being made to look ?stoopid?. Guys come out of Blue Crush quite badly actually
                    , most are portrayed as dense and looking for a fight, all get something of a hammering at some stage or other. Not to worry though gents, because it?s a little tough to take much of the dramatised portions of Blue Crush too seriously anyway because the characters are so shallow and the external(to the surfing) plot is virtually non-existent. Kate Bosworth?s character, as the one central to the surfing plot, is the only one which gets any kind of development throughout the movie. We learn a little of her past, a few plot-aiding explanations for her fear of the big waves, but that?s about it. She looks gorgeous in a bikini though. I love these ?female empowerment? movies when Hollywood gets their claws into them...girls are best...as long as they are gorgeous and scantily clad lol! Michelle Rodriguez, who obviously has talent from her showing in Girlfight, has been cast ever since as the tough latina chick and here she is again in the same role once more. ?Tough Latina chick?, that is her entire character nicely packaged and with no additional edges and Matthew Davis as the love interest football pro is expected to look hunky and erm...that?s his entire character in a nutshell, nothing more! The others are as weak and one dimensional as these and for all intents and purposes if they?d been airbrushed out of the scenes they appear in you wouldn?t have noticed anything was missing. Penny is sassy, Lena is cheery and a couple of Matt?s linebacker friends offer a few laughs in a 30-stone-guy-on-a-surf-board-wearing-nut-huggers kind of way, but that?s it in terms of characters or characterisation. It is the surfing which sells this movie though and the great soundtrack which accompanies it. The scenery is beautiful, Hawaii mid-summer with the beautiful blue waters and huge waves offers up a visual treat. Forget the dull, boring head on surfing shots other movies have offered up as well because this offers up much more than that, either through superb w
                    ork or digitised trickery, whichever it is, it?s seemless. We get thrown inside the pipe, plunged under the water, get to see the action from above, behind and through the eyes of the surfer - it?s great stuff and really gives you a feel for the adrenaline rush achieved by surfing. If you get the feeling that some of the shots are a little TOO perfect then you wouldn?t be alone, but if there is any trickery used here then it?s not noticable at all and neither are the times when the actors are replaced by their stunt doubles which makes a change. The soundtrack accompanying all this is excellent as well, packed with top tracks and not something I usually notice unless it?s a real stand-out feature. If more time had been spent in the water, on the training and surfing and away from the weak onshore drama then Blue Crush would have been a far better, more universally appealing movie, it?s that simple. As it stands, it?ll appeal to the teenage audience who will appreciate the clumsily handled soppy romance angle more than most but the rest of us will see it as rather lightweight and perhaps even a little dull.

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                    With refreshing energy, Blue Crush is the kind of movie that girls and young women deserve to see more of. It's mostly for them (although nice tans and bikinis will attract the guys), and it rejuvenates the surf-movie tradition by showing real girls with real friendships, coping with absent parents, borderline poverty, rocky romance, and the challenge of raising a kid sister. For young Hawaiian Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth), those responsibilities are motivations to excel as a champion-class surfer--if she can overcome the fear of drowning, which she nearly did in a previous wipeout. Supportive friends (Girlfight's Michelle Rodriguez, and Sanoe Lake) help her reach the climactic competition on Oahu's infamous Bonzai Pipeline, and like Saturday Night Fever, this engaging film uplifts the working class without condescension, riding high toward the joy of achievement. As an amateur surfer, director John Stockwell (Crazy/Beautiful) captures the extreme thrill of the sport while respecting the forces of nature and human behaviour. --Jeff Shannon