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"SOUL SURFER"
(2011) (AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid) (PG)


Alcohol/Drugs Minor
Blood/Gross Stuff Heavy
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Moderate
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons None
Imitative Behavior Moderate
Jump Scenes Moderate
Music (Scary/Tense) Heavy
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Minor
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Extreme
Violence Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: A teenage surfer must contend with losing an arm during a shark attack and then trying to get on with her life after that.
PLOT:
Bethany Hamilton (ANNASOPHIA ROBB) and her brothers Noah (ROSS THOMAS) and Timmy (CHRIS BROCHU) have been surfers all of their lives, thanks to their parents, Tom (DENNIS QUAID) and Cheri (HELEN HUNT), indoctrinating them into the sport at a young age.

Bethany is a natural, much like her best friend, Alana Blanchard (LORRAINE NICHOLSON), who similarly has a surfer parent in the form of Holt Blanchard (KEVIN SORBO), and the two teens dream of turning pro one day, even if that means continued competition against their archrival, Malina Birch (SONYA BALMORES).

But Bethany's plans are seemingly shattered when she's attacked by a shark while surfing and loses her left arm. Thanks to swift action on Holt's part, she survives, and even comes off as outwardly positive that she'll surf again. Yet, she has her doubts, something she confides in her church pastor, Sarah Hill (CARRIE UNDERWOOD). With her encouragement, as well as the support and love of her family and Alana, Bethany not only then relearns how to surf, but wants to compete again as well.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're into surfing (especially of the girls/ladies variety) or are fans of someone in the cast, they might be intrigued by this offering.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For an intense accident sequence and some thematic material.


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