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Surf's Up


Source: Catholic News Service

Animated action-comedy about a teenage penguin surfer (Shia LaBeouf) is a warm-weather diversion with a relaxed summer vibe that earns low scores for originality but higher marks for execution and its winning-isn't-everything message. Aware that moviegoers may have had their fill of screen penguins, some minor objectionable elements notwithstanding, directors Ash Brannon and Chris Buck set a swift pace and don't overwhelm with a surfeit of barely distinguishable characters; families will be headed back outdoors in what seems like a flash. A fair amount of mildly rude language and toilet humor. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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