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Chasing Mavericks

ages 8+ | 88 % Say It's Worth Your Time

When 15-year-old surfing phenomenon Jay Moriarty (Jonny Weston) discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, actually exists near his California home, he becomes determined to conquer it. Jay enlists the aid of local surfing legend Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler) to train him to ride the Mavericks and live to tell about it. As Jay and Frosty carry on their quest to achieve the impossible, they develop a unique friendship that transforms both their lives.

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Genre: Drama

Director: Curtis Hanson

Cast: Elisabeth Shue, Gerard Butler, Abigail Spencer, Leven Rambin, Scott Eastwood, Jonny Weston


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Rated PG Thematic Elements|Some Perilous Action

  • 2 of 10 Sex & Nudity
  • 3 of 10 Violence & Gore
  • 1 of 10 Profanity

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  • (Male)

    ages 7+ | Worth Your Time

    Wish this movie would have received more attention. It's a great movie. Some people are just quality individuals and when dealt a rough card, they make the best of it. The main character in this movie is an inherently great kid who makes good decisions and pushes himself.

    This is a great one for the family. There are some themes of inferred drug use and some violence. That's why I say 7+ and not lower.


     3 Thanks ·
  • (Female)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    A sweet and sensible movie appropriate for the whole family. This is a classic inspiring sports movie that goes further then the usual underdog story. This true story connects to emotional subjects of life and how, with the right guidance and determination mixed with passion and morals, you can reach the unreachable.
    I appreciate how they showed the strife of real life struggles and how you can take it to positively influence you to build your character further and become a good, relatable example.
    Chasing Mavericks was well casted with phenomenal filming of the pacific.
    It had cliche moments but overall it was a warm story.
    Worth your time.

     3 Thanks ·
  • (Male)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    Good action with great character development. A fun flick for the family.

     2 Thanks ·
  • (Female)

    ages 7+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie is a story about a kid with a tough upbringing who uses grit, perseverance and hard work to overcome it. Jay is fascinated by the ocean and nearly drowns saving his best friends dog, but is saved by his neighbor and local surfing legend Frosty. Jay decides he wants to learn to surf and finds a way to do so. When discovers that the legendary Big Wave spot Mavericks really exists and that Frosty surfs there he is determined to surf it as well. As Frosty teaches him to surf Mavericks and survive, a father- son like relationship develops between them that helps them both heal from their past.

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  • (Female)

    ages 8+ | Not Worth Your Time

    SPOILER ALERT! I thought this movie was fairly good...it had some really good messages in it and some uplifting, inspiring things. Then the ending ruined it all. I realize that it's a true story, but overall, there's nothing inspiring about someone who cares more about an adrenaline rush than being with their loved ones.

  • (Male)

    ages 7+ | Worth Your Time

    This is like the Karat Kid but instead of dealing with karate it deals with Surfing. I thought it was an entertaining and fun move, but I also enjoy surfing and ency anyone who has the courage to be a big wave rider. The character development is pretty good in this movie and you grow to care for both main characters. There is some cheesy stuff in it but the surfing sequences were pretty awesome and will leave you on the edge of your seat.

    It is a pretty mild movie and I think it is appropriate for most kids, there is a little bit of language and a little violence but I think it deserved the PG rating and has a lot of good life lessons and messages in it.

  • (Male)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie is highly underrated and not just because I grew up in Santa Cruz and actually knew Jay but the characters are great and the acting is really a step above your average. There was not a ton said about this movie and I think it is sad because it really could show some younger kids that any goals you set are achievable as long as you are willing to work hard to get there

  • clearplay.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Chasing Mavericks is a story about healing and teaching, and it promotes excellent values like persistence, hard work, and compassion. The cinematography of the ocean and surfing is top notch, though the story is a little slow and underdeveloped in spots. If you liked Soul Surfer (which was superior, in my opinion) you will likely enjoy Chasing Mavericks... <a href="https://www.clearplay.com/MovieDash.aspx?id=4419&movie=Chasing+Mavericks" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

Okfor ages12+