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Surfer, Dude
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Longboarding soul surfer Steve Addington (Matthew McConaughey) returns to Malibu to spend his summer surfing his home break. But the waves go flat, and his sponsorship deal turns south. Aided by his manager (Woody Harrelson), his mentor (Scott Glenn), his guardian angel (Willie Nelson), and his summer lover (Alexie Gilmore), 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.

Special Features:
Surfer, Dude: The Real Story featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage
Deleted Scenes
The Complete Surfer, Dude 12-Webisode Series
Audio Commentary with Matthew McConaughey

It¡¯s hard to say just what the target audience for Surfer, Dude is. Maybe surfers--except that since the storyline involves one of the longest big wave droughts in Malibu history, there¡¯s actually precious little surfing to be seen. Probably stoners--not only does the cast include noted herbivores Willie Nelson and Woody Harrelson, but many of the rest of the actors are rarely, if ever, seen without a joint dangling from their mouths. Definitely Matthew McConaughey fans, especially the female kind--as pro surfer icon Steve Addington, McConaughey spends approximately 99% of the movie shirtless. Slight but entertaining, director/co-writer S.R. Bindler¡¯s film finds Addington returning to SoCal following a six-month surfing tour of the world. He soon finds out that things have changed. He still has his manager (Harrelson), but smarmy new sponsor Eddie Zarno (Jeffrey Nordling) wants Steve to appear in a reality TV show and be the model for ¡°Free Surfer,¡± Zarno¡¯s new ¡°first person immersion video game.¡± But Steve¡¯s not into it, brah. All he wants to do is surf, get high, and chase women, but when the former dries up for months on end, he decides to forego the other two until the waves return. Meanwhile, the dastardly Zarno re-edits some interview footage to make Addington look bad, whereupon Zarno¡¯s cute East Coast assistant (Alexie Gilmore) quits and takes up with Steve, who plots (sort of) his revenge against the bad guy. It¡¯s all pretty flimsy, occasionally amusing, filled with soft-core female nudity and, you know, like, stoked. --Sam Graham

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Customer Reviews:

  • what a disapointment
    im all about matthews movies. ill watch anything hes in. i was iffy about we are marshall and then ended up loving it (im not a football fan).
    this movie was lame. woody harrelson (who ive always liked) makes your lunch curdle in your stomach. there arent any great waves. there are practically no waves at all actually. the movie takes place during a drout. and the waves they do have are nothing to get excited about. mcgonaughey (one of my favorite actors so i hate to say this) acts like a cheap rip off of jeff spicolli from "fast times at ridgemont high". willy nelson is hardly even in he film who plays a goat farmer and has practically no dialog) i spend the movie waiting for it to end. and in the end i just felt like i was out [...] and that i had just wasted 85 minuets of my life. i looked on the back of the case and was partly entriged because it had a guy who looked (exactly) like steve zahn and i thought i was him. (hes my top favorite actor) my own mistake on that one. it wasnt steve zahn. this movie was possibly the worst movie ive ever seen and im not hard to please in movies. im not one of those picky movie watchers. i dont always like them but i rarely complain. this movie SUCKED. you want a great movie with great waves and great guest appearances by great surfers, buy local boys, point break, blue crush or go documentary style and go for endless summer or endless summer 2 or if your in it strickly for the surfing also id go with one of my personal favorites "step into liquid" its got keala kennelly in it....more info
  • The Beginner
    i liked various parts of this movie.....but the smoking pot and drinking doesn depict who surfers really are this part was bad judgement of directing the cast memebers.Now as new comer to the world of surfing and all its postive energy, i like what they did with over all concept, i've always been a fan of surfing i'm glad i get to live my dream and i hope that they continue to make better movies, j.k.livin production and show surfer in a better light....more info
  • Zen Surf and The Art of Doobie
    Dudes, comparisons to Spicoli aside, this is a unique little comedy about the religious philosophy of Wake 'n' Bake Surf Culture. Matthew McConaughey is absolutely brilliant as So Cal surf legend Steve Addington. A modern day stoner Buddha seeking enlightenment thru the meditation of carving waves, riding girls, and sipping doobage. McConaughey walks thru almost the entire film shirtless and barefooted, wearing only a pair of baggies. Even when McConaughey is just walking down the street, he's surfing. He's like a fish out of water, brah. His swaggering swaybacked bowlegged performance is fully righteous. And, totally funny. (Not quite, but almost as good as his role as Wooderson in DAZED AND CONFUSED.) His performance is DEAD ON TUBULAR. (Ladies, you're gonna want his bod.)

    Obviously, this film is not for everyone. But, this short comedy is rife with religious and aesthetic symbolism. I was stoked by its heaviosity, brah.

    Like an aesthetic Christ, The Addman is a free spirited surfer, baptized in The Ocean, who cares nothing for the material world of money and fame. He seeks only religious adoration and worship of God thru The Living Wave, The Sacramental smoke of The Wisdom Weed, and The Unification of The One Body thru sexual concourse with chicks. Upon returning home after being away from Cali on a surfing sojourn, Addington is tempted by The Devil into a starring role on a TV Reality Show about surfers, ala Big Brother, and a chance to profit from his digital image in a virtual reality game called FREE SURFER. Representing Lucifer, ex-surfer and evil TV producer Eddie Zarno (Jeffrey Nordling) entices The Addman with a totally humongous bag of sheckles. "We own his image. And his image is reality." But, Addington is hip to the fact that the illusion is transitory and meaningless. While contemplating a monitor of virtual tropical fish in Zarno's beachhouse studio, The Addman poses this saltwatery Zen koan: "Something's wrong with these fish, dude." No way, brah. The Addman refuses to sell his soul to The Devil for material gain. "I'm not some _ssclown in a greenroom. I'm a surfer, dude."

    For what does it profit a dude to gain the world, and lose his wave?

    The Devil metaphorically breaks The Addman's skeg, and there is a sudden drought of waves. "Something's bogus, dudes." Totally like Christ, The Addman wanders the desert beaches in prayer, for MORE than 40 days and nights, fasting from the pleasures of The Scented Lotus Blossom and the sustenance of The Good Green, until God's return on The Waves of Everlasting Life Giving Water. It's The Addman's Dark Night of The Soul, man. BRAH?! Why hast thou forsaken, dude?!

    Willie Nelson as John The Baptist, who passes his shepherd's rod to The Addman. Will Addington become The Good Shepherd of The Goats? Yay, though I surf through the barrel of the shadow of death I will fear no shark infested waters, for thy rod and thy board they confront me, dude.

    Who else but Woody Harrelson, as The Apostle Peter and The Addman's dope smoking manager? "We got financial worries, brah."

    Will the Addman sacrifice himself on The Cross of Virtual Surfboard to save the souls of his brahs? You grommets should ask yourselves only one question: WHAT WOULD THE ADDMAN DO?

    A perfect Double Feature alongside Swayze's POINT BREAK. Funny, symbolic, and full of topless chicks and bud. (Bitchin'!) This film is defintely worth the rent for Matthew McConaughey's performance, and for all the stoner surfer aesthetes out there. It's like THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST for surfers, dude. Hodads, landlubbers, and non-philosophers might want to avoid this one.

    "Love and waves, that's what we need in these dark days."

    Whoa! ...more info
  • Stupid, but lots of skin
    I was happy from beginning to end while watching this movie a) because Matthew was shirtless pretty much all of the time, b) everyone was smoking pot, c) Willie Nelson was in it as a goat farmer (that's awesome!), d) the music is great, & e) Matthew actually does surf a bit & he looks quite fine doing it! I think this movie was made for women like me who basically just want to imagine life with a guy like Add. :-D...more info
  • About 45 Minutes Too Long
    With really good editing tool, anyone could make this movie...better. By my count, it is about 45 minutes too long. The opening say 20 minutes is really not half bad. Matthew McConaughey does a pretty good job being the surfer, Add. The editing is kind of tight, the story moves along pretty well, and it's not bad. Just after the pool party scenes, and there is a lot of fine jiggling going on there, the film jumps the shark badly. The story grinds to a halt, we're blugeoned with no waves for some huge number of days, and our surfer dude fasts; as if the world does rotate around him. There's some good moments with Add and Danni (played by Alexi Gilmore) and Willie Nelson. But that about does it. The ending, totally predictable, you can see that one a thousand miles away. Cut to about 20 minutes before the end of the film, and there you have it, a 45 minute film that is just not too bad.

    There's a few good moments in here. Willie Nelson as a goat farmer kind of surprised me. He's been in other movies and is just pitiful. Well we all know why, in this one he really shines as Willie the smoker. Alexi Gilmore was a stand out in the females, she might be known as a doctor on Fox's New Amsterdam. Woody Harrelson was just pathetic as the burned out manager. The rest of the supporting cast just didn't really cut it for me.

    If you watch this movie with really low expectations, you will not be disappointed. But do have the fast forward button handy.

    There is one of the oddest things I've ever seen in a movie. The credits start to roll with 12 minutes to go on the DVD (that normally happens around 4 to 6 minutes to go). During the roll the viewer is treated to movies of goats. The credits finish with about 3 minutes to go and some really lame movie starts up. It's some Japanese business men that ask Add to use their surfboard and they will film him surfing. Somehow Add crashes, the board breaks, Add ends up on the beach, and Woody Harrelon says, "so if you only made one, what were you going to sell?" The end. Yes it was weird.

    This film is definately R rated. There is a ton of nudity including Matthew McConaughey full frontal nude, language, and shall we say "herbal cigarette" use. After the 1.5 hours, I didn't even look at the bonus features on the DVD, it's hard to imagine what more I would want to watch about this film. ...more info
  • Too much nudety, not enough surfing.
    I enjoyed the movie, except for all the nudety. It was discouraging that it portrayed surfers to be just a bunch of partying pot heads and drunkards, with lots of sex orgies. I've been surfing for forty five years, with a bunch of other well known surfers, who've lead more productive lives than this. This has a negetive impact on the younger generation of surfers and the surfing community. I enjoy Mathew's movies, and especialy surf movies, but this was a big let down, it's like a flat day, or in his case fifty eight days without surf. This movie is'nt even worth loneing out for my friends to watch....more info
  • Not bad, Not Good Either
    The only way someone would actually not mind this movie is if they love either surfers, surfing, the beach, pot, chicks or dudes, otherwise you'll be bored. I should be careful using the word, "surfing", because their isn't much of that. This kind of plays like a documentary slash B-Movie. Just something lame to throw on when you want something lame to play, that plays alright, it's lighthearted and just plain silly, and not in a funny way. This is so bad, that it's not terribly bad....more info