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Family Movie Review: Chasing Mavericks (PG)

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MPAA Rating: PG       Length: 105 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 10+. It’s a surfing movie, so the life-threatening nature of the sport isn’t ignored; the waves are big and could be quite scary for young children. Also some bullying, kissing, and cursing.

‘Chasing Mavericks’ wants to be a deep, meaningful movie about the inspirational nature of going for your dreams and the purity of surfing, but the script’s overly melodramatic quality makes that impossible. Although surfer Jay Moriarity deserves to be remembered, ‘Chasing Mavericks’ is not it.

By Roxana Hadadi

The human body and our free will are extraordinary things. We can do great things with both, and they can each betray us. Surfer Jay Moriarity, who passed away a day before his 23rd birthday in 2001, was able to achieve unbelievable goals during his short life. But unfortunately for us, the film “Chasing Mavericks,” a glimpse into his teenage years, doesn’t come close to doing him justice.

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