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Surfer, Dude (2008)

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A wave twisting tale of a soul searching surfer experiencing an existential crisis.

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Steve Addington is the world's preeminent surfer - cool, laid back, stoned, shirtless and barefoot, living off endorsements for surfboards and trunks, paid in cash. In Malibu his endorsement contract has been bought by Eddie Zarno, a surfer turned businessman who wants Steve to record his moves for an electronic virtual reality game. Steve just wants to surf. While Zarno tries to change Steve's mind, the Pacific goes calm - there are no waves for days on end. Steve's attracted to Danni, recently fired by Zarno, but the lack of surfing drains him. Plus, he's low on dough. Will he sign with Zarno, get paid, and lose his self-respect? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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"love and waves, that's what we need in these dark days."

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Rated R for pervasive drug use, language and nudity | See all certifications »

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5 September 2008 (USA)  »

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Conquistando las olas  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,971 (USA) (5 September 2008)

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$36,497 (USA) (12 September 2008)
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Matthew's black and white striped shorts in the film are likely an homage to iconic big wave surfer Greg Noll, who was known for wearing similar "prison-striped" board shorts. See more »

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Danni Martin: Whats so special about surfing?
Steve Addington: Whats so special about the wind? Surfing is to... be with that mystery. To ride that mystery for as long as you can. And then when it's over that's cool because you know what? You were there, in line and on time.
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Chasing the Dream
Written by Blake Neely and Daniel Heath
Performed by Daniel Heath (as Rev. Daniel Heath)
Courtesy of Cow On The Wall Music
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Surfer, Dude is a Coastline Journey
10 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After reading another user's review and felt I needed to clear things up. This user stated "The movie starts out giving you the gut feeling that they are faking it, that they are some how cheesing it up to make fun of a horrible stereotype." He goes on to say he will spite Matthew in his death bed so I don't take what he says to heart too much, BUT, I really believe he couldn't be further from the truth.

Mr. McConaughey knows that this role didn't require acting at all; it was absolutely genuine. Matthew (in real life, not the movie) lives out of a trailer, traveling the nation! He'd rather be out enjoying the beauty of nature than be holed up in a huge luxurious mansion in Malibu (something he could obviously afford). The trailer's name is 'The Canoe', which he named after a gift he'd received from an Elder Squamish Indian in a trip of his to Vancouver, Canada. Also, a couple years back I remember hearing Matthew didn't cooperate and was arrested for being too loud while playing his Bongo drums, smoking cannabis, in the nude, with his buddies. I mean, come on! This dude epitomizes the Egalitarianistic and down-to-earth role that he plays in Surfer, Dude.

The film doesn't have mind-blowing visual effects, stomach-twisting suspense, or an ingenious plot. If that is what you're looking for, don't watch it. Wait until you're in the mood for a down to earth flick. Man, this movie is a coastline journey. It makes you want to drop everything and go to the beach or go experience something new, beautiful and pure. A film doesn't have to have academy award-winning performances to do that for you. It just has to hit home on a couple levels. This movie did that for me.

You can watch this more than once, re-watch with your friends, get a good laugh, and learn some simplistic yet valuable life lessons. It's got some one-liners/great quotes in it, some gorgeous females, beautiful beach scenes, hairy buds, and phenomenal music. If you like the ocean, the sun, good times, friends, and you can take the good out of a situation, then I really recommend this movie.

After the third time seeing I can still say it has left me in a great mood every time. You can talk and laugh with friends while watching because you don't need to listen for any plot twists or turns. It's a good time.

Oh, and I do repeat: check out the soundtrack to this movie! Great songs by Xavier Rudd and Mishka. {Coastline Journey - Mishka} {The Mother - Xavier Rudd} {Come, Let Go - Xavier Rudd}

Hope this helped, Hunter


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