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  • Summary: Longboarding soul-surfer Steve Addington returns to Malibu for the summer to find his cool hometown vibe corrupted. New sponsorship demands Addington to expand into Virtual Reality Video Games and Reality TV. Unwilling to participate in this new digital-reality, he chooses to spend his summer surfing his home break. But in a twist-of-fate, the waves go flat and stay flat. Out of money, his expense-accounts canceled, and betrayed by his buddies, Addington is backed into a harsh corner. He must endure the insanity that comes with no waves or give into "the Man" and his new, reality-altering machines.
    Aided by his manager, his mentor, his guardian-angel and his summer lover, Addington has a chance of keeping his cool, but it's not going to be easy. The dude needs a wave, and there's never been a drought like this. (Anchor Bay Entertainment)
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  2. Negative: 5 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    40
    Someone else's vacation photos are never much fun to watch, and this beach party is a drag for onlookers.
  2. Reviewed by: Neely Tucker
    30
    You can stick around for the only funny line, which involves a breakfast burrito, but the smart surfer would head for the hills and Willie's goat ranch.
  3. From "Hands on a Hard Body" to an 89-minute ogling of another hard body: It boggles the mind that 11 years after his engrossing documentary about an endurance competition to win a truck in Longview, Texas, filmmaker Bindler has channeled his talents into this regrettable comedy.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    20
    The film is awash in doobies and breasts, clich├ęd cinematic language and clumsy exposition. It's reminiscent of the stoner-culture movies of the late '60s and early '70s but without the naive fun.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    10
    Hapless, laughless movie.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    10
    Lacking even the train-wreck appeal of a brainless stoner comedy like "Half-Baked," Surfer, Dude is a numbing experience at just 89 minutes.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 7 out of 14
  1. BudD.
    Sep 17, 2008
    10
    I have to say, i was STONED when i saw this flick, and i had a blast! Hollywood's puttin' out a TON of garbage but you can be entertained for 88 minutes with Surfer, Dude. Just remember, puff puff pass before you get inside, then enjoy the ride!!! Expand
  2. buzzT
    Mar 31, 2009
    10
    Great vibes. And a great lifestyle for sure.
  3. greenween
    May 10, 2009
    10
    Much rather see McConaughey in this then anything else he has done other than dazed and confused of course.
  4. JayH
    Dec 19, 2008
    2
    An 85 minute excuse for narcissistic McConaughey to not wear a shirt. Dreadful film that looks as if it were all thrown together in a rush at the last minute. Degrading to women. Collapse
  5. LeonK.
    Jan 16, 2010
    1
    What the hell is this movie? That guy is a moron, this movie is one of the worst I have ever seen.
  6. RamenN.
    Sep 22, 2008
    0
    Really?! This was just an excuse to see nauseatingly good looking people prance around half naked wallowing in their own sense of self-satisfaction of awareness of being eyecandy, granted the chicks were pretty cute, but that's what Maxim is for. Matt McConaughey has merit to be good actor, but now he's become one of those douchebags who knwingly relies on his looks in films. Don't believe me, look at tall the pieces of grabage on his resume that are all of the romantic comedies he's ever done. Time to Kill was good, he did well though Sam Jackson and Kevin Spacey stole the show. Expand
  7. JoJ
    Aug 21, 2009
    0
    Having wasted 84 minutes of my life watching this movie (laptop crashed at 84 minutes and didn't bother going back for the remaining 5), the main question circulating in my mind is what, exactly, is this movie trying to achieve? This movie is based on a period of 42 days sans waves - oh, good. That takes out the surfing audience. What surfing shots there are just happen to omit MaCoughnahey's face in the most blatant of ways - ok, fine he doesn't do his own stunts, but it's called subtlety. Secondly, the portrayal of marijuana - at best, it is a poor caricature of 'stoners' - at worst, it serves to reinforce offensive stereotypes pertaining to the apparent correlation between surfing and smoking drugs. Aside from these quibbles, character development was abysmal, the plot was confused and lacked direction and the cinematography was dire. This film was completely rubbish, and the only viewers who I can imagine taking any satisfaction from watching this contrived drivel are teenage girls ogling Macoughnahey's body. Expand

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