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"CHASING MAVERICKS"
(2012) (Gerard Butler, Jonny Weston) (PG)


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


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: A teenager hopes an experienced surfer will teach him how to big-wave surf in the legendary Mavericks location.
PLOT:
It's 1994 and Jay Moriarty (JONNY WESTON) is a 15-year-old who lives in Santa Cruz with his single mom, Kristy (ELISABETH SHUE); works at the local pizza parlor with his best friend, Blond (DEVIN CRITTENDEN); and has long been fascinated with ocean waves. Accordingly, he's become a decent surfer, although that doesn't spare him from repeated taunts by local bully Sonny (TAYLOR HANDLEY), nor does it mean Jay's childhood but slightly older friend, Kim (LEVEN RAMBIN), will give the time of day at school in front of her peers.

Jay wants to take his surfing to the next level and sees the chance to do so via his neighbor, Frosty Hesson (GERARD BUTLER), a construction worker married to Brenda (ABIGAIL SPENCER) and father to their two kids. Frosty's been a surfer for decades and surfs with his pals at a secret location known as Mavericks where the waves can sometimes be several stories tall.

Frosty initially wants nothing to do with teaching the teen, figuring the boy would never survive the treacherous break. But he eventually has a change of heart, thus forming a mentor-protégé relationship between the two where Jay must meet all of Frosty's criteria and tests before he takes on some of the biggest waves in the world.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're into surfing, they probably will, while fans of anyone in the cast might also be interested.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For thematic elements and some perilous action.


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