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Surf's up

6.71 h 25 min2007X-RayPG
Surf's Up is an animated feature that goes behind the scenes of the high-octane world of competitive penguin surfing. The film profiles Cody Maverick, an up-and-coming surfer as he enters his first pro competition.
Ash BrannonChris Buck
Shia LaBeoufJeff BridgesZooey Deschanel
English [CC]
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Supporting actors
Jon HederJames WoodsDiedrich BaderMario CantoneKelly SlaterRob MachadoSal Masekela
Christopher Jenkins
Columbia Pictures
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4.6 out of 5 stars

1288 global ratings

  1. 77% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 12% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 6% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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Aidan WalkerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 July 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best Surfing movie ever made...
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.... with an absolutely first class sound track. Every moment is a pleasure. Laugh out louds galore, fabulous cast - Jeff Bridges, Shia Le Beouf, James Woods, Zoe Deschanel, all having huge amounts of fun. Amazing surfing shots because it can all be done with CGI, and that soundtrack... what's not to like? Definitely a desert island movie. (For those that don't know this Brit reference, there has been a show on BBC radio since 1942, for God's sake, where the interviewee picks his or her 8 favourite pieces of music for if and when they are marooned on a desert island. I do the movie version, and Surf's Up is at no. 3.)
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David BaileyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 May 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pure zany fun
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Just love this film. Shouldn’t work - penguins surfing in the South Pacific! Big family favourite when it came out (my children were teenagers at the time) and is still a favourite now the children are on they’re twenties! We still quote from the film when we’re all back together - ‘No joy Man’ , ‘I want to say that one more time - Leaha’ and the children’s favourite - ‘you’ve go to pee on it’
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Mr. J. J. BrettReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 July 2012
3.0 out of 5 stars
Kids' movie made by surfer dudes.
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This is the surfer's equivalent of Cars. A kids' movie which appears to be made by dyed in the wool surf enthusiasts.

The film follows the adventures of an ambitious young penguin who is talent spotted to compete in a prestigious competition on an exotic island. Shot in a 'mockumentary' style it may be tough going for younger children. Certainly my 4 year-old's attention quickly wandered although my 8 year-old has since revisited the film and appeared to enjoy it.

The hero penguin Cody is following the footsteps of his childhood hero Big Z and the competition is a memorial to Z who apparently died competing on this shore. He is up against established champ and all round bad guy 'Tank' Evans, a penguin who likes to surf dirty and is obsessed by the trophy. He befriends a stoner chicken and a cute penguin lifeguard and proceeds to humiliate himself in the first stage of the competition. Cody takes himself off into the jungle to reflect on his woes and befriends a mysterious hermit-like penguin who eventually teaches him how to surf. This penguin turns out to be Big Z who realised he was losing his edge and faked his death so that he could go out on a high. Of course he brings Cody up to a standard where he can compete against Tank and Cody returns to the competition although the outcome isn't quite what you'd expect.

The surfing scenes are lovingly shot and look pretty impressive. The film takes a pop at agents and commercialism and many of the jokes fly way above a child's head. The film is well voiced and animated and there is an engaging storyline. For a teenager or an adult, the documentary style adds to the humour. For a child it slows down the action and makes the film more difficult to understand. I liked it but if you're looking to entertain very young children then look elsewhere.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 March 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very underrated animated film, one of the funniest movies
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Very underrated animated film, one of the funniest movies I've ever seen & whilst the idea of a Penguin surfing may seem a bit ridiculous & childish, well this movie doesn't half pull it off well. It is made in sort of a mockumentary style, similar to Modern Family or the Office. Great movie for adults & kids, with a positive uplifting story & lots of funny bits in between.
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Rasaria Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Got to the part of the film where the main character Cody crashes into the rocks while surfing, then me and the girl i was with got down to the training arc music ;) . By the time we finished cody had won the tournament he entered and not only was he happy but both me and her were too.
RoseReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 December 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great film
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Great film five stars
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 August 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Surfin fun
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Great fun film
martin m mackintoshReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 December 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Surfs up
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Good film
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