Chasing Mavericks
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Chasing Mavericks is the inspirational true story of real life surfing phenom Jay Moriarity (played by newcomer Jonny Weston). When 15 year old Jay discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, is not only real, but exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson (played by Gerard Butler) to train him to survive it. As Jay and Frosty embark on their quest to accomplish the impossible, they form a unique friendship that transforms both their lives, and their quest to tame Mavericks becomes about far more than… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Floating atop the explosive breakers, like an overabundance of phytoplankton, is a roiling colony of clichés that stops at nothing to dominate the screenplay."
‑ Casey Burchby, Village Voice
"The heart-pounding surfing scenes are epic but the script can barely keep its head above the waves in the dramatized biopic Chasing Mavericks."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"This gentle father-son(ish) tale about an expert surfer and his teen apprentice is a rare 'family' movie that isn't preachy or insipid."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Despite a number of exhilarating surfing sequences, the interesting true story of surf legend Jay Moriarty is transformed into another dull Hollywood biopic."
‑ Rich Cline,
"[It] just leaves some decent shots of rising swells, breaking waves and daredevil surfers to hold the attention for two hours."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"It's a perfect fortune cookie of a movie, full of bland life lessons for everybody; would that there were some drama or style in it somewhere along the way."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"When every frayed plot device you've predicted makes its inevitable appearance, at least you'll have the majestic waves off the California coastline to comfort you."
‑ Michael Posner, Globe and Mail
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"It's a relatively hackneyed drama, unable to turn the real-life story of young surfer Jay Moriarity (Johnny Weston) into a silver screen sizzler."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Post
"The script's a drowner, the acting's awash. Again and again Butler returns to the sea. He just about survives the buffeting."
‑ Henry Barnes, Guardian
"For Hanson and Apted, this is a rather inconsequential effort."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Never really [delivers] the sun-in-your-face, salt-in-your-hair, sandy-cocky thrill of surfing or surf culture."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"While the religious undertones are largely drowned out by the endless spumy slo-mo and board porn, there's only one way this current is flowing: towards church."
‑ Catherine Shoard, Observer [UK]
"Like waves beating on a shore, the guff just keeps on coming."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Butler and Weston forge a credible bond, with able on-shore support coming from Abigail Spencer as Frosty's saintly wife, Hunger Gamer Leven Rambin as Jay's sweetheart and, of course, yummy mummy Shue."
‑ Elliott Noble, Sky Movies
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