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"Bra Boys" documents the cultural evolution of the inner-Sydney beach-side suburb of Maroubra and the social struggle of its youth--the tattooed and much maligned surf community known as the Bra Boys. Explores their success in professional big wave surfing, their international reputation for hard partying and rough justice, and touches on their running battle with authorities. The film shows their absolute reliance on one another to fit into a society in which they are displaced and, at times, disinterested. Follows how the evolution of Maroubra, coupled with the historical stigma… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A messy, cheeky, inelegant but unusual and interesting memoir."
‑ Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
"What begins as a probing look at this culture feels in the end like pro-surf gang propaganda."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"In-depth intimate portrait of how a tough Aussie environment within a larrikin culture of rebels with or without a cause has produced spectacular professional surfers."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"...there's an undeniable energy to this subjective, self-serving film which at times says more than it means to about this male-dominated culture."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Thanks to the documentarian also making his family the film's subject, Bra Boys feels more than a little like a violence-glorifying infomercial."
‑ M.E. Russell, Oregonian
"You know going in that this is going to be a fairly one-sided portrait. But it's also fairly thorough with its archival footage, historical and sociological perspective."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"An odd and suspect mix of documentary and public relations."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"A piece of PR propaganda."
‑ Josh Rosenblatt, Austin Chronicle
"It may be brash and a slightly biased but it nonetheless offers a fascinating insight into this surfing society."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Maddeningly shallow."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Lengthy coverage of a murder trial involving Jai and Koby supplies the odd moment of meaningful reflection, but the overall impression is that of an unconvincing PR exercise."
‑ Richard Kuipers, Variety
"An often fascinating but awkward mix."
‑ Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly
"It aspires to but falls short of Dogtown's inspired, edgy mix of sports history, pop culture, social commentary, and revealing interviews."
‑ Beth Accomando,
"A story of loyalty that men can relate to while their significant others see Sex and the City."
‑ Matt Pais,
"Sorely in need of an outsider's impartial slant."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
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