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Blue Crush

Starring: Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez
Director: John Stockwell
Genre: Drama
Year: 2002
Rating: 2 / 5

Blue Crush may have all the prerequisites of a teen movie – romance, sex, and rebellion – and it might appear to have been derived from some tried-and-true formula, but it is actually a worthwhile movie complete with a couple twists that are not necessarily by the book. Make no mistake – Blue Crush is still only one step above utter trash, but for a film which evokes such low expectations, this is a pleasant surprise. Director John Stockwell manages to keep his audience entertained for more than an hour and a half, rarely even stooping to insult his own viewers. What he offers is a tale of a girl with a dream, a dream that is in danger of fading, but also one which has the potential to shape her world.

Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth) is the dreamer in question, a top-notch female surfer with visions of greatness. Raising her younger sister on her own – with her mother AWOL in Las Vegas – Anne Marie must balance the demands of employment, parenting, and love with her own aspirations for surfing stardom. Her best chance to shine is at the surfing championships, an event in which she will compete against the best in the world. To get there, though, she must overcome her own demons – brought about by a terrible accident years prior – and deal with the affections of a visiting football star (Matthew Davis). Only then will she be ready to tackle all the challenges put before her and rise above them all.

How can a two-star movie really exceed expectations? Once you have seen enough of these teen-themed films, it feels as though the scripts write themselves. In some ways, Blue Crush is no exception. The characters still come across as paper-thin and the plot is nothing movie buffs have not seen before. However, the film does diverge from tradition with a few points, particularly with respect to Anne Marie’s love interest and the final resolution of her competition. Blue Crush veers just enough to keep things interesting, but not enough to make one forget the genre into which this movie must fall.

Actress Kate Bosworth has been slated as an up-and-coming star, and, quite honestly, Blue Crush does not answer that question in either way. An obviously attractive woman, Bosworth handles spunky and willful rather well, but the role is only so demanding. Michelle Rodriguez and Sanoe Lake provide token support as Anne Marie’s loyal friends, acting as her conscience and prodding her to give her best. Blue Crush does feature some fine surfing sequences, offering various appealing stunts as well as some gruesome tumbles. The film is best summarized as a piece of summer fluff, giving viewers some good times with minimal staying power.

Cast:

Kate Bosworth..........Anne Marie
Michelle Rodriguez..........Eden
Matthew Davis..........Matt

Certification: Rated PG-13 for language.
Running Time: 104 minutes.

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