Directed by John Stockwell starring Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Matthew Davis and Sanoe Lake.
Beach life can bum you - just ask Hawaii resident Anne Marie (Bosworth). Aside from working as a chambermaid and trying to tidy up the life of her younger sister, she has to find the time to practice with buddies Eden and Lena (Rodrizguez and Lake) for premier surf competition Pipeline. World renowned, it's the chance for surfers like Anne Marie to silence the male doubters and - more importantly - score sponsorship from one of the big firms. And after nearly drowning in a competition two years before, she's determined to go all the way - that is until holidaying football star Matt (Davis) comes looking for board lessons...
With Bosworth, Rodriguez and Lake in the water, about to get in the water and just after getting out of the water, this could be the film that fathers ask their daughters to bring them to. But if that novelty wears off after ten minutes what's left is a film with some great action scenes and a clunky plot.
It's 'Flashdance' with a surfboard as Bosworth's character rises to the challenges and finds the courage to live the dream, trouble is, Eminem and Curtis Hanson covered the same emotional territory in '8 Mile' way more convincingly - and probably froze doing it. Here, throwaway lines are said with such gravitas that you'd think the gang from 'Glengary Glenross' had hit the beach, and the 'Pretty Woman' storyline with Davis should've given way to more scenes between Bosworth and Rodriguez as her inspirational (or is it envious?) best pal.
Where Stockwell & Co get the over-elaborate handshakes to signify respect is when the talking stops and the waves take over. Bosworth learned to surf for the role and there is a sense throughout that here was someone willing to push herself to make the movie look authentic. Whatever her efforts are however, the real stars here are the camera crew who you hope were paid danger money of telephone number proportions for what they've got onscreen. Taking you right into the centre of the wave, their work is so good you'll start feeling you've water up your nose. And although Stockwell uses unnecessary CGI close ups of what appears to be Bosworth's head on someone else's body, you'll come away wishing the story could've lived up to the set pieces.
Still members of the Hawaiian tourist board are probably besides themselves with glee and the target audience should go home wanting a surfboard for Christmas. Dads will probably content themselves with the DVD.