Blue Crush

Blue Crush

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Director: John Stockwell

Cast: John Stockwell, Kate Bosworth, Matthew Davis, Michelle Rodriguez

     
 

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Move over, Gidget -- a new breed of female surfers with style, guts and attitude hit the screen in this feature, which combines romance with a sports drama. Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth) is a young woman living in Hawaii who has been surfing since she was a little girl, and over the past year has been training for the prestigious Pipe Masters surfing competition. But… See more details below

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Move over, Gidget -- a new breed of female surfers with style, guts and attitude hit the screen in this feature, which combines romance with a sports drama. Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth) is a young woman living in Hawaii who has been surfing since she was a little girl, and over the past year has been training for the prestigious Pipe Masters surfing competition. But Anne Marie is still dealing with emotional baggage that's holding her back -- her mother abandoned her years ago, leaving her to raise her younger sister Penny (Mika Boorem) while having to guide herself through adolescence, and Anne Marie nearly drowned while trying to surf the famous Maui Pipeline three years ago, and has yet to shake the anxieties of this traumatic event. Anne Marie and Penny share a house with Anne Marie's friends Lena (Sanoe Lake) and Eden (Michelle Rodriguez), both fellow surf enthusiasts, and the three friends work as maids at a hotel, a job which offers them flexible hours for riding the waves. When a pro football team checks into the hotel, Anne Marie meets Matt (Matthew Davis), a promising quarterback who has his eye on her. Anne Marie is just as attracted to Matt as he is to her, but will Anne Marie have to choose between the man of her dreams and the recognition as a surfer she's worked for years to receive? Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, and Sanoe Lake did all their own surfing in Blue Crush; Bosworth and Rodriguez went into training to learn the sport before shooting began, while Lake, a native Hawaiian, was already a confirmed surf enthusiast.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
Gidget meets Rocky in Blue Crush, a breezy tale of female surfers that goes beyond babes-in-bikinis exploitation. Nubile newcomer Kate Bosworth stars as Ann-Marie, a big-wave surfer on the North Shore of Oahu whose drive to make a comeback after nearly drowning in a surfing competition is complicated by her romance with a handsome football player. Thankfully, the script, which is based on a New Yorker article, delves beneath the travel brochure image of Hawaii to show us the other side of paradise. Ann-Marie and her surfer buddies (Sanoe Lake and Girlfight’s Michelle Rodriguez) work as maids at a posh resort and share a beach shack with Anne-Marie’s wayward young sister and charge (Mika Boorem). With no college or career prospects on the horizon, winning a surf contest and joining a pro tour means financial security, as well as glory, for these girls. Bosworth, a fresh-faced blonde with a megawatt smile, isn’t as believable playing a tough surfer chick as are Rodriguez and Lake. But director John Stockwell (crazy/beautiful) elicits a surprisingly solid, sympathetic performance from her as Ann-Marie struggles between her need to prove herself and her desire to take the easy way out. The other actresses are fine, too, and the banter between the three feels natural and convincing. Best of all, the surfing footage, with its thrilling, digitally enhanced shots of monster waves and bone-crushing wipeouts, offers a pure visceral rush. Great to look at and a lot of fun, Blue Crush serves up its message of female empowerment with a splash.
All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although its standard-issue plot and dialogue aren't in danger of winning any awards, it's hard not to root for this good-hearted, often thrilling surf flick. Blue Crush is so sure that girls rule that it doesn't waste much time establishing the fact, and its collection of burners and alterna-kids is so rough-edged and authentic that all thoughts of prefab John Hughes suburbia can easily be banished. Instead of faux high-school politics and strident feminism, the film focuses on spectacular footage of extreme surfing, with just enough working-class back story to lend the ESPN-isms dramatic heft. With a chip on her shoulder and some definition in her biceps, model-perfect Kate Bosworth is never less than adequate as pro hopeful Anne Marie, the focus of the story. That ethnically balanced sidekicks Michelle Rodriguez and Sanoe Lake would probably make more convincing star athletes is a minor quibble, easily chalked up to cold Hollywood reality. (Besides, it's more fun to watch Rodriguez generate Resident Evil-style lesbian subtext in her supporting role than it would be to see her sidle up to a quarterback beau in the lead.) It's a cliché to say so, but the real stars are the wave-riding action sequences, which seem more like an IMAX documentary than the payoff in a sports-themed romance. Director/screenwriter John Stockwell goes in for a few too many motivational clichés at the end, but once the digitally tweaked Bosworth is in the eye of a swell, Blue Crush is pure action, the script incidental.
New York Times - A.O. Scott
It's hard to resist being swept up in Blue Crush, not least because David Hennings's shimmery photography carries the breeze and spray of the island right into the theater.
Washington Post
A big, sexy, sun-splashed thrill ride. Ann Hornaday
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

Looking at the posters for Blue Crush, which show Bosworth, Rodriguez and Lake posing with bikinis and surfboards, I expected another mindless surfing movie. Blue Crush is anything but. Roger Ebert

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2003
UPC:
0096896020239
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kate Bosworth Anne Marie
Matthew Davis Matt
Michelle Rodriguez Eden
Sanoe Lake Lena
Mika Boorem Penny
Faizon Love Leslie
Layne Beachley Herself

Technical Credits
John Stockwell Director,Screenwriter
Suzy Barbieri Co-producer
Rick Dallago Co-producer
Louis G. Friedman Executive Producer
Brian Grazer Producer
Sarah Halley-Finn Casting
Paul Haslinger Score Composer
David Hennings Cinematographer
Emma E. Hickox Editor
Randi Hiller Casting
Denise Hudson Art Director
Kathy Jones Executive Producer
Karen Kehela Producer
Claude Letessier Sound/Sound Designer
Susan Matheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Meyer Production Designer
Dana Sano Musical Direction/Supervision
Buffy Shutt Executive Producer
Mark Ulano Sound/Sound Designer
Lizzy Weiss Original Story,Screenwriter
Mary Ellen Woods Asst. Director

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