OK for kids 10+
Earnest sports biopic tugs at heart despite cliches.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this inspiring true story about a promising young surfer who was attacked by a shark could give tween and teen viewers lots to think about -- from trying to figure out their purpose in life (even at a young age) to trying to come to terms with adversity. With the exception of the attack itself -- which, although quick, unfolds in a gory, violent manner -- the movie is squeaky clean, with no iffy language, sex, or drinking/drugs content. And the main character is an extremely positive role model, responding to tragedy with grace and kindness instead of bitterness.
- Families can talk about the movie's messages about facing life’s challenges. Do you think you'd be able to respond to a life-changing tragedy the way that the main character does? How do you think she manages it?
- What does Bethany learn from her experience, and what does she teach others?
- The movie is based on a true story. Do you think that means that everything happened exactly the way it's shown here? Why might filmmakers change some facts while making a movie?
The good stuff
Messages: The movie's strongly positive message is that you can get over the worst of tragedies with perspective, self-determination, and the support of friends and family.
Role models: Bethany is a very positive role model, choosing to respond to enormous loss and tragedy with grace and kindness to both herself and others. Instead of dwelling on what she doesn't have, she focuses instead on what to give to others.
What to watch for
Violence: A shark attacks a young surfer. It happens quickly but ferociously, with lots of blood and some gore.
Sex: Flirting, girls in bikinis.
Language: "Jerk" and "oh my God."
Consumerism: Brand names and logos for surfing sponsors, including Rip Curl and Red Bull. Also Spam (the food, not the junk email).
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue
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wonderful by diet pepsi
well i for one held off on seeing this movie in the theaters due to the fact that i hate most documenterys but no one could have prepaired me for what i was in for when i actualy watched this movie i realy loved easly one of the best of 2011 if not the best and loved the christian message in the movie as well i say see it if you have not already seen it
A Great Inspiring movie by crunchabunch lover 31
this is a great movie. It's good for the whole family. It makes me think how God does every thing for a reason.It has the best message that will inspire everyone!
Soul Surfer review by iluv2travel
This movie is amazig. The scenery is beautiful, and so is the story. I cried and cried. Guys would probably call a chick flick! LOL
Very moving!!!!Loved it!
soul surfer is a very encouraging movie
Soul Surfer gives its viewers perspectives on dealing with adversity and making your life count for something.
It is suitable for everyone above toddler age (brief shark scene would scare toddlers).
a must see movie by final fantasy
This is an awesome movie! It's so inspiring. This is a must see movie. > This is an awesome movie! It's so inspiring. This is a must see movie. > < __
Absolute BEST Movie of The Year!!! by JDiggyDawg
In all honesty, Soul Surfer is the best movie of the year. A MUST see. That movie is the definition of a truly amazing movie. You don't see movies like this anymore. More movies like this need to be made.
great story by dodgerfan99
Based on a sad but good true story one of the best sports movies of 2012