Directed by John Stockwell.
Written by Lizzy Weiss and John Stockwell.
Starring Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez and Sanoe Lake.
Release Year: 2002
Review Date: 8/29/02
Well, for the 87th film of the year—and, the
last one for a month—I had to see “Blue Crush.” It was just begging
to be seen. No stars, lots of bikinis, bad dialogue, a low budget,
and one of the best taglines in history—
“Take the Risk. Feel the Rush. ‘Blue
Crush.’ Summer 2002.”
I always appreciate films that don’t try to
be anything more than they are. So, with that in mind, my man Brett
“KHAN!!!” Stone and I took in an evening showing tonight and we were
pleased with what we got. What we got was shitty dialogue, cheesy
romance—I mean, jack, Muenster, Swiss, brie, you name it—and some
unbelievable surfing action. Kate Bosworth (“Remember the Titans”)
stars as Anne Marie, a former amateur surfing champion that is
prepping for the Biggest Event of Her Life, the surf championships
in “The Pipe” off the coast of Maui. This is significant because
this is the first year that women are allowed to enter the event.
Helping her prep for the championship are her two best friends, Eden
(Michelle Rodriguez) and Lina (Sanoe Lake)...but, distractions
abound when Anne Marie meets an NFL quarterback (Matthew Davis) who
is in town for the Pro Bowl.
When the movie is showing us anything in the
water, it is excellent. “Blue Crush” has a lot of cool shots of
surfers in the curl and at many points, you can actually see some of
the underwater cameramen in the wide shots of the action—I didn’t
mind the production problems in that regard, as long as what they
were shooting was cool-looking, and most of it was. And, with a
budget of only $15 million, you know that most of those water shots
are real actors on real water, and that makes it all the more
thrilling; it also means no big stars, because no sane high-priced
star is going to risk their life riding some of these waves. The
stunt work is great, and the film’s end shots of random people
getting crushed are sweet.
When the movie is not showing us anything in
the water, it almost totally blows. However, what gets it over the
hump is one sequence involving Matt, the previously-mentioned
quarterback, and his boys as they try to convince the girls to give
them surfing lessons; the two big black guys that get trained in the
ways of the water are friggin’ hilarious. Otherwise, the romance
between Anne Marie and Matt is painful to watch, and the “drama”
that unfolds between the three girls and their lives is total
steaming horseshit. It will be noted though that for maybe the
first time in her career, Rodriguez spends most of her screen time
not pouting, which is significant if you have seen “Girlfight”,
Fast and the Furious”, or this year’s
So, in this case, the good barely outweighs
the bad. And, since the movie is turning an unbelievable profit (it
made back its budget in its opening weekend), one wonders: when
will we get the sequel?
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard