Chasing Mavericks (2012)
Ambitious Jay Moriarty (Jonny Weston) learned how to surf at a young age. By the time he was 15, he could surf circles around anyone else. When he followed his neighbor Frosty (Gerard Butler) one morning, he witnessed him riding some of the biggest waves he had ever seen. Jay begs Frosty to teach him how to ride the “Mavericks” and because Frosty knows Jay will try to ride them anyways, he agrees. Over the next 12 weeks, Frosty tries to get Jay to understand the mental and physical challenges it takes to master the Mavericks, and through good and bad times, the two grow together and overcome the odds.
Based on a true story, Chasing Mavericks is a perfect movie for kids between the ages of say 8-16. It will teach them the valuable lesson of working hard to achieve your goals, but more importantly, it works for this age group because they haven’t already seen this formula many times before and so it will be inspirational. Chasing Mavericks is full of Hollywood clichés that kids won’t see, but adults will know the plot before the movie even starts. The only thing missing that I was expecting was Jay doing some minor misdemeanor and getting arrested. The only saving grace for Chasing Mavericks for me was Gerard Butler. He is great to watch as usual and without his presence, and fun accent, Chasing Mavericks would be washed out before the ending even arrived. I went into this movie thinking it was going to suck badly, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought, but predictable movies annoy me and Chasing Mavericks is just that. Oh and not to mention the huge punch in the stomach when the movie was over and you read about the “where are they now” tidbits. Blah! Co-starring Elisabeth Shue, Taylor Handley, and Abigail Spencer.
6/10 Stars – Not horrible, but not anything new… Lack-luster at best.
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