Based on a true story: A young boy is so enamored with the ocean that by age 15 he begins a perilous pursuit toward surfing the biggest waves on record in North America. Also with Gerard Butler, Jonny Weston, Elisabeth Shue, Abigail Spencer, Leven Rambin, Greg Long, Peter Mel, Zach Wormhoudt and Devin Crittenden. Directed by Michael Apted & Curtis Hanson. [1:55]
SEX/NUDITY 2 - A husband and his wife kiss a few times. A teen boy and a teen girl kiss.
► A teen girl talks off her top and shorts and she is seen wearing a bikini that reveals cleavage, bare abdomen and legs. A teen boy takes off his shirt (we see his bare chest and abdomen) and pants (we see his jockey-style underwear). A teen boy takes off his shirt and shorts and we see him swimming in boxers that reveal a part of his bare buttocks. We see bare-chested men surfing.
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man surfing on a huge wave falls and is thrown around in the water, he disappears under the wave and we do not see him for an extended period of time until he finally is seen on a large rock formation (he seems shaken but otherwise OK). A teen boy surfs on an enormous wave and falls off his board; we see him struggling under the churning water and being pulled to the surface by his board until the line snaps and he is pulled under by the current (he eventually surfaces and is fine). Several surfers try to surf enormous waves and we see them fall off their boards or get thrown (we do not see anyone injured).
► A young girl screams inside a house and says to her father, "Mommy's sick"; we see a woman on the floor as her husband lifts her head and says, "She's having a stroke" (the woman's complexion is gray and she has a lump on her face) and we see people gathered at a funeral and understand that she died. A woman screams inside a house, her teenage son runs into the house and sees the woman on the floor kicking a man to get him away from her; the teen boy grabs the man and shoves him out of the house and onto the ground before he is pulled away by a friend (it is not clear whether the man was trying to sexually assault the woman). A teen boy attacks another teen boy, until another boy tries to punch him but is stopped and they separate.
► A man and a teen boy free dive and a 15-foot shark swims by them; the boy panics and gasps when he finally surfaces. A puppy chases a ball onto a rock formation near the ocean with large waves crashing onto them; a boy gets the dog to safety but is caught in the splash of one of the waves and falls into the water, and the current threatens to pull the boy into the rocks until he is pulled out of the water by a man on a surfboard.
► We see enormous waves rolling in the ocean, with fishing boats and small dinghies being thrown wildly over the crest (they do not capsize). A teen boy rows out a great distance on a surfboard alone looking for a man; he finds him and they get back to shore safely.
► A young boy (around 8 years old) tries to learn how to surf and he falls off his board several times; one time he comes out of the water with a bloody nose and another boy tells him that he's going to attract sharks. A teen boy jumps onto the back of a moving van and then rides on the roof for some distance. A teen boy is thrown around in large waves (he is OK). A boy skids to a stop on his bike and falls onto a sidewalk (he is OK). We see four men surfing enormous waves in a few scenes. A teen boy and a teen girl surf at night (they are not hurt).
► A teen boy with a fish chases a teen girl saying, "You wanna kiss a fish?" and she runs away. A woman is startled when her teen son pops up from under water in a tub. A man and a teen boy arm-wrestle until the teen says, "Ow."
► A woman yells at a boy. A man yells at a teen boy. A woman tells a man, "You know he's going to do it, even if he dies trying." A man says, "Somebody is gonna die out there" while watching people trying to surf on enormous waves. A teen boy writes in a letter, "I didn't think I'd be around long." We hear weather radio reports in several scenes talking about swells and the direction and speed of winds. We hear people talk about El Niño and the size of the waves it was likely to produce. We hear that a young man died at the age of 22.
► A teen boy forges his mother's signature on a permission letter to allow him to surf. A teen boy is seen skipping school on several occasions. We see a drawing of a man entangled in a serpent in a few scenes.
► A teen boy vomits (we hear him gag but do not see any goo). We see a woman in bed sleeping presumably after having been drinking and a boy sniffs a bottle on her nightstand.
PROFANITY 1 - Name-calling (wuss, punk, rent-a-dad, little trash), 2 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - Three teen boys appear intoxicated when they stumble into a pizza restaurant and one boy says, "He's wasted," and a teen boy is shown buying or selling drugs in several scenes. We see a woman in bed sleeping presumably after having been drinking and a boy sniffs a bottle on her nightstand.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Single parenting, surfing, taking risks, myths, passion, feelings, patience, Loch Ness monster, death of parents, respect, promises, training (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual), fear vs. panic, grief, death of a loved one, parenting, doing the impossible, free diving, tides.
MESSAGE - Live life to its limits.