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Blue Crush

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Source: Catholic News Service

Average story about a young woman (Kate Bosworth) training to win the prestigious Pipe Masters surf competition who falls for a professional quarterback (Matthew Davis) staying at the hotel where she and her friends (Michelle Rodriguez, Sanoe Lake) are chambermaids, forcing her to reevaluate her lifelong goals. As directed by John Stockwell, the skimpy story about overcoming fears and self-doubt while staying true to one's dreams despite the distractions of love is an afterthought to the awe-inspiring shots of surfing expertise and huge Hawaiian waves curling and smashing down on the shore. An implied sexual encounter and some sexual suggestiveness, brief underage drinking, a scene of fisticuffs and sporadic crass language and expressions. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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