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Film / Blue Crush

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Blue Crush is a 2002 film directed by John Stockwell. It tells the story of three friends: Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth), Eden (Michelle Rodriguez) and Lena (Sanoe Lake), who have one passion: living the ultimate dream of surfing on Hawaii's famed North Shore.

A Direct to Video film titled Blue Crush 2 was released in 2011, but despite the title, it is completely unrelated to this film besides sharing the premise of three female friends who are surfers.


This film features examples of:

  • Bathroom Stall of Overheard Insults: Anne Marie overhears random women in a bathroom referring to her rich football-player boyfriend as a guy who likes to slum. The girl who looks embarrassed to be caught gossiping gets her shoes.
  • Beach Episode: Pretty much the only thing one can say about the film.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Between Anne Marie and Matt, one of the last shots in the movie.
  • Big Fun: Several of Matt's teammates, most notably Man in a Bikini Leslie.
  • The Cameo: From a number of professional female surfers, most notably Keala Kennelly.
  • Extreme Sport Excuse Plot: The film may have a plot, but there are so many surf scenes, alongside shots of Hawaii and gratuitous beach scenes, that it is completely obfuscated.
  • Kick the Dog: During their fight on the water, Eden yells at Anne Marie about her letting her fear of drowning in the competition get to her and compares her constant hesitating to the mother who left her, causing Anne Marie to leave in tears.
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  • Missing Mom: Anne Marie and Penny's mother abandoned them when Anne Marie was 7 or 8 and Penny was just a toddler, prompting Anne Marie to look after her little sister.
  • Ms. Fanservice: It's a film about surfers, the vast majority of them female, so there's a lot of young, fit women in bikinis that easily qualify as this.
  • Out of Job, Into the Plot: Anne Marie is fired as a hotel maid for yelling at a guest about the disgusting state of his room. This allows her to meet Matt, which kicks off the main plot in which she has to balance earning money by training football players with preparing for the big competition.
  • Promoted to Parent: Anne Marie who looks after her little sister after their mom left them.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: The movie was inspired by "Life's Swell," an article by Susan Orlean in Outside magazine, profiling teenage female surfers in the Hawaiian town of Hana.
  • The Runner-Up Takes It All: Anne Marie doesn't advance very far in the Banzai Pipeline competition, but she does get an offer to join the Billabong women's surf team and makes it to the cover of a major surf magazine.
  • Scenery Porn: The film puts its Hawaii location to good use.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Anne Marie looks drop-dead gorgeous in the evening gown that Matt picks for her.
  • Training Montage: The girls teaching the football players about surfing basics.
  • Trauma Button: Anne Marie is plagued with memories of a head injury that nearly killed her. Those memories flash back every time she catches a sufficiently powerful wave.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Penny smokes weed, drinks alcohol, hangs out with sleazy older men in clubs and propositions some of the guys Anne Marie becomes friends with. And she's only 12.
  • Untrusting Community: Anne Marie's surfer dude friends are none too pleased with her bringing Matt to a "local spot."


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