In Hawaii, surfing is the sport of kings, so Anne Marie Chadwick (Kate Bosworth) dreams of winning the Pipe Masters surfing competition. The male-dominated sport’s contest is open to women surfers for the first time, but the waves of life may be too big for Anne Marie. She was a local champion before a wipe-out and near drowning turned her dream into a nightmare. She also has to be the parent for her 14-year-old sister Penny (Mika Boorem) since their mother eloped to Las Vegas and abandoned them.
When pro quarterback Matt Tollman (Matthew Davis) and his teammates check into the luxury hotel where Anne Marie and her friends, Lena (Sanoe Lake) and Eden (Michelle Rodriguez), work as maids, he could be an easy way out of their beach shack trailer life. But surfboard designer Eden also shares Anne Marie’s dream and, along with Matt, encourages her to face her nightmare on the same waves that nearly killed her. Spectacular surfing action and beautiful Hawaiian scenery add to the summer romance of “Blue Crush.”
Although scenes show surfing enthusiasts of all ages, including some canine surfers, the film also emphasizes the danger of the sport. Skimpy bikinis and low-cut party dresses will no doubt add to young male interest. One scene features lengthy exposure of a used condom. Matt and Anne Marie quickly become sexually involved, which is accepted and condoned by their friends. Despite the positive messages about conquering fears and being true to your dreams, “Blue Crush” sinks under vulgar vocabulary and misguided sexual messages.