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Three years ago, young and promising surfer Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth) nearly drowned during a surfing accident. Haunted by the event, Anne now takes care of her rebellious kid sister Penny (Mika Boorem) by cleaning rooms in a Hawaii hotel with her roommates Eden (Michelle Rodriguez) and Lena (Sanoe Lake). But Anne is on the comeback, and with Oahu's Pipe Masters in just one week - and new love blossoming with a hunky NFL quarterback (Matthew Davis), she must summon all her courage, overcome her fears, and compete against the world's best. 

Review by Shannon J. Harvey:
Not just a girly surf movie filled with bikinis and hot wax - though there's plenty of that - Blue Crush is a gritty, easy on the eyes movie about conquering your fears. It features a dynamic debut from tough blonde Kate Bosworth and some sublime surf cinematography from David Hennings. But the story is no less compelling, where single, parentless girls struggle to make it on their own - both in the real world and in the surf. The film is based on Susan Orlean's smart Outside magazine article Surf Girls of Maui, and director John Stockwell and co-screenwriter Lizzy Weiss have wisely kept in the smarts in adapting her article. Stockwell shows the grit of the girls’ daily jobs (cleaning toilets, vomit and used condoms), as well as the sheer guts it takes for a woman to succeed in this often bruising sport. 

Blue Crush comes through gloriously on DVD, with the crisp blues of those curling waves, the foamy whites of the wash and the thumping sounds of breaking tumblers. It's loaded with more features than Bondi beach on a summer’s day, and only lacks a few words from Orlean herself, who's also responsible for the article that inspired Adaptation. Otherwise, there's more here than there needs to be.

There's two commentaries. The first has director John Stockwell with his 10-year-old son Casper and co-producer Rick Dallago. Stockwell is candid, enthusiastic and lively, though as usual he brings a director's eye (ie: technical) to it. The second is by Bosworth, Rodriguez and Lake, stars who might just reflect the characters they play, because everything is "awesome”, "sick man", and "I love that line, right there!" For weightier subjects, they give tips on keeping bathing suits on, housekeeping lessons, and learning to surf. There's Deleted Scenes with optional commentary, and a 15-minute Making-Of featurette with fluffy cast and crew interviews. Find out what happens to non-surfers who don't know the rules, how the filmmakers created raw authenticity by hiring locals, and how they overcame unpredictable tropical weather. 

Filming Blue Crush is a two-minute glimpse into the camera crew who waded in the surf while waiting for the perfect wave, and they reveal the face replacement techniques they used to transplant actors’ faces onto stunt doubles. The Female Surfing Revolution is an interesting insight into up-and-coming women surfers, and what would a surf movie be without Wipeout!, a montage of dump shots of the world's best surfers. For anyone new to the sport, The World of Surfing has six subsections covering the history of surfing, lingo, wave nomenclature, types of surf boards, where to surf all year round and how to accurately measure a wave. There are plenty more small extras, such as the promo Stockwell used to get the studio execs salivating, but most seem pointless, like Surf Fashion, where Lake and Jessica from Billabong go shopping for 5 minutes. Rounding out with a Lenny Kravitz video and DVD-Rom features, Blue Crush is packed full of extras equally dedicated to the movie and the sport it portrays. While so many extras might be information overload, the great thing about DVD is that you can pick and choose. 

Published May 29, 2003

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(US) - 2002

CAST: Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Sanoe Lake, Matthew Davis, Mika Boorem.

DIRECTOR: John Stockwell

RUNNING TIME: 105 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16 X 9 widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: Feature Commentary with director John Stockwell; Feature Commentary with stars Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez and Sanoe Lake; The Making of Blue Crush; Deleted Scenes; Filming Blue Crush; The Female Surfing Revolution; Wipeout!; Riding the Waves; Skateboarding; Blue Crush Promo; Surf Fashion; The World of Surfing; Lenny Kravitz 'If I Could Fall in Love' Music Video; Theatrical Trailer; DVD-Rom Features.


DVD RELEASE: (rental) May 21, 2003 (retail) July 23, 2003

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