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Surfer, Dude a.k.a. “Surfer Dude”

MPAA Rating: R for pervasive drug use, language and nudity.
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September 5, 2008 (limited)
DVD: December 30, 2008
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Featuring: Matthew McConaughey, Alexie Gilmore, Jeffrey Nordling, Sarah Mason, Zachary Knighton, Cassandra Hepburn, Todd Stashwick, Nathan Phillips, Ramon Rodriguez, Travis Fimmel, K.D. Aubert, Brooke Allison, Nancy Fish, Stacy Stas, Brad Ashten, Seth Baird, Stephanie Bartak, Charity Beyer, Jeff Bowler, Brynn Bromley, P.J. Byrne, Gian Carlo, Julia Carpenter, Hannah Cornett, Marly Coronel, AnnaMaria Demara, Brandon DeShazer, Michael Drummond, Patty Duran, Jessica Felice, Matt Flanagan, Courtney Fleming, Brie Gabrielle, Christina Gabrielle, Scott Glenn, Austin Graves, Woody Harrelson, Cheryl Francis Harrington, Amber Hay, Thomas Kijas, Christina Kilpatrick, Krysten Klein, Paula Lemes, Liz Lueders, Thomas Lynch, Chayce Marnell, Maya McClean, Allie McCulloch, Nandy McLean, Darcie McNally, Mickey Meyer, George A. Miki, Chad Mountain, Bru Muller, Kimberly Mulvey, Willie Nelson, Nolan North, Bill O'Donnell, Kristin Peterson, Mary-Jessica Pitts, Stephanie A. Purdy, Mario Quinonez Jr., Tanner Alexander Redman, Lawrence J. Russo, Justin Sandler, Kassie Spielman, Kimberly Suida, Channing Swift, Veronica Taylor, Laundrea Thomas, Kate Tomlinson, Katherine VanderLinden, Joseph Steven Yang
Director: S.R. Bindler
Producer: Jason Berk, Gus Gustawes, Mark Gustawes, Matt Lane, Matthew McConaughey, Alex G. Scott, James W. Skotchdopole, Dennis Weiss
Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment

“Love and waves, that's what we need in these dark days.”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Longboarding soul-surfer Steve Addington (Matthew McConaughey) returns to Malibu for the summer to find his cool hometown vibe corrupted. New sponsorship demands Addington to expand into Virtual Reality Video Games and Reality TV. Unwilling to participate in this new digital-reality, he chooses to spend his summer surfing his home break. But in a twist-of-fate, the waves go flat and stay flat. Out of money, his expense-accounts canceled, and betrayed by his buddies, Addington is backed into a harsh corner. He must endure the insanity that comes with no waves or give into “the Man” and his new, reality-altering machines.

Aided by his manager (Woody Harrelson), his mentor (Scott Glenn), his guardian-angel (Willie Nelson) and his summer lover (Alexie Gilmore), Addington has a chance of keeping his cool, but it’s not going to be easy. The dude needs a wave, and there's never been a drought like this.”

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Negative—DRUGS and Cheap Sex presented in the most boring and stereotypical way. I watched the film, but sped through the bare breast part. This film is one of the biggest wastes of time ever. As someone who is a fan of surfing and Matthew McConaughey, I was hopeful. But this movie is boring and terrible. It has virtually no plot, my young children could write a better story, after watching their parent's surf documentary collection. This is the writer's fault; it has absolutely nothing to entertain or to say at all.

It also has almost no surfing in it whatsoever (a big disappointment). In fact, it is about a long stretch of time where there are no waves (and no plot). In addition, it is much more about marijuana and a bogus set-up of a reality television show about so-called surfers than it is about surfing. It portrays all surfers as druggie losers (offensive to me); it portrays all women as sluts, and it portrays life in general as one big cloud of dope.

Do not let your kids watch it. I was not high while watching it, but even stoned people probably would find it totally boring. I am surprised that a man of Matthew McConaughey's talent in other films did not recognize that this film has no story and refuse to work on it. Not even good as a vanity piece. The part that the producers think is funny (the reality show drug den set-up) is not funny. NOT FOR CHRISTIANS. NOT FOR TEENAGERS. NOT FOR HUMAN BEINGS. Watch a few surf documentaries like “Endless Summer,” “Walking on Water,” etc. They are much much better. Worse than any stupid reality show you have ever seen.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: ½
—Missy, age over 18 (USA)