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Local Boys (2002)

Mark Harmon , Eric Christian Olsen , Ron Moler  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mark Harmon, Eric Christian Olsen, Stacy Edwards, Jeremy Sumpter, Giuseppe Andrews
  • Directors: Ron Moler
  • Writers: Ron Moler, Norman Douglas Bradley, Thomas Matthew Stewart
  • Producers: James Tugend, Jennie Lew Tugend, Patrick McIntire, Ricarda Ankenbrand
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 2003
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000099T4E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,407 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Local Boys" on IMDb

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On Skeet's twelfth birthday his older brother Randy buys him his first surfboard. Suddenly, summer turns into and endless search for the perfect wave, wild times and beach parties with surfing buddies. Skeet must soon learn to find his own adventures when Randy's attention turns to sexy new girl Samantha. Beyond his wildest dreams, Skeet is taken under the wing of surfing legend Jim Wesley, who gives Skeet first-hand lessons in hot-dogging. Meanwhile. Randy is still dealing with the loss of their father, but finds it difficult to fill his shoes in the shadow of Jim's growing influence on Skeet. When Jim begins a relationship with their single mom, Randy is not thrilled and his feelings erupt with jealousy and resentment. Torn by the conflict between his brother and his newfound father figure, Skeet retreats to his room while longing only to surf. Filmed on location along the beaches of Southern California, Local Boys is loaded with radical surfing footage, breathtaking moves and thrilling feats. Packed with endless adventure, awesome point breaks and California surfer girls, this coming of age story captures all the hardships and thrilling freedom that go along with growing up.

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On Skeet’s twelfth birthday his older brother Randy buys him his first surfboard. Suddenly his summer turns to the endless search for the perfect wave, wild times and beach parties and eventually, finding his own daring adventures when Randy’s attention turns to a girl. Beyond his wildest dreams, Skeet is taken under the wings of surfing legend Jim Wesley who gives Skeet first-hand lessons in hot-dogging. Meanwhile, Randy, still dealing with the loss of his father and trying to fill his shoes, is jealous of Jim’s influence on Skeet and isn’t thrilled when Jim begins a relationship with their single mom. Tangled by the conflict between his brother and his newfound father figure, Skeet retreats to his room while longing to surf.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What DVD does best July 14, 2004
Format:DVD
"Local Boys" is a perfect example of what DVD does best: providing a showcase for a minor-league delight that had no chance at a big-screen release but deserves more than to be dumped on cable TV for just a few lucky insomniacs to catch on the late show. In short, it is a small gem of a film with a fine cast and promising director that tells a familiar, though moving and involving story. It also showcases a pair of promising young actors who appear on the brink of stardom and gives a couple of solid pros (and former "Chicago Hope" costars) a chance to stretch their acting chops and exhibit their own undeniable chemistry. And it may be the first surfing movie I have ever seen that actually deals with the teen surfing crowd in a realistic and non-exploitative manner by making its kids more than just brain-dead stoners obsessed with riding waves that would kill the world's best surfers.
Eric Christian Olsen and Jeremy Sumpter star as Randy and Skeet, brothers whose policeman father "died a hero" (as Randy likes to say) in the line of duty. Skeet wants to learn to surf, so Randy buys him a surfboard for his twelfth birthday. But like so many other well-meaning though self-centered older brothers, he buys one that is too big (that way he'll have a spare) and then leaves Skeet to learn on his own. When legendary surfer Jim Wesley (Mark Harmon) sees Skeet's pitiful attempts at riding a wave, he befriends the boy, buys him a suitable board, and offers to teach him the proper way to surf. Skeet and Jim become fast friends and Jim even begins a tentative relationship with the boys' mother (Stacey Edwards), much to Randy's displeasure. (Randy loathes Jim, sees him as a threat to his status as "man of the house" and refuses to cut him any slack.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a masterpiece, but enjoyed it anyway July 18, 2003
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The story is predictable, the writing sophomoric. Yet I still managed to enjoy it, and I appreciated the performances given by Mark Harmon and especially Jeremy Sumpter as "Skeet". Jeremy is an amazing young actor (check him out in "Frailty" if you haven't already) who brings a natural charm to his character -- he never seems forced or phony. Might even bring a tear to your eye in a couple scenes <sniff>. ;) Mark Harmon is quite the pro at this kind of thing and a pleasure to watch. Same for most of the rest of the cast. As I said, this is not a masterpiece, but it's an OK little surf-oriented movie with nice cinematography and music, and a decent enough story to hold my interest.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars local boys August 12, 2005
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from start to finish this movie was excellent. Jeremy Sumpter was best actor thru the entire movie, all others had a good supporting role and the story line was great thru-out the movie. Very good surfing movie. Mark Harmon was a great dad in the end of the movie. A very good ending. Great family move to watch over and over. Make you dream of your child hood dreams. this movie is totaly awesome, A MUST SEE!!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's in the details July 27, 2003
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Surfing is a metaphor for conflict in life, wrestling with nature, trying to control one's destiny amid the ebb and flow of turbulence...
Okay, that's heavy-handed hogwash. This movie isn't profound, and that's why I enjoyed it. The plot is generic, the dramatic events by-the-numbers, but the details are perfect. In a movie like this, you either get the chracters right or the film sinks into melodramatic contrivances that carry the emotional weight of a gulp of diet cola. This movie has a motherlode of engaging characters who add clout to a basic script. Mark Harmon's tormented widower is remote and unwilling to commit, the desire to care struggling to break through his pall of uncertainty. The older sibling conveys anger over the men who enter his mother's life, leave a trail of [stuff], and then disappear like last night's hangover. His performance is an endearing mixture of love, control, and insecurity. Skeeter, as played by Jeremy Sumpter, does an excellent job portraying a boy who wrestles with damaging feelings, desperately hungering for a father figure. He's the type of kid everyone would want as a son, thoughtful, perky, and good-humored. Sumpter is a natural here, outplaying even the veterans. The circle of friends manage to become distinct entities, caring for each other but making mistakes that we can relate to. There are no vulgar jokes or cruelty to others that seem to dominate idiot teen movies, yet I found myself laughing at humor that arises from the chracter's personalities. The dramatic parts work because I liked the people in the movie. They make great company. The script is subtle and sneaks up on you emotionally. Even though issues of depression, abusive adults, and paternal death are addressed, I never felt manipulated. The dialogue is well-handled abd enlightened.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Gem September 27, 2003
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This is a movie about a 12 year olds coming of age. The highlight of the film was seeing Mark Harmon act as an older lead in a talented group of young actors.
The film has some great surf scenes and was entertaining to watch. You end up with a deep sympathy for the characters as they try to overcome the same type of trajedy in their life.
The interaction between Mark Harmon's character and the 12 year old Skeet shows the need for "father-son" relationship despite the real father not being there. I will admit the film is a little predictable, but not so that it takes the fun out of the movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
While I love some Mark Harmon, it was a bit overly dramatic at points.
Published 4 days ago by BookReader18
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it -- needed a couple of kleenex
Published 18 days ago by Janet LeMasters
5.0 out of 5 stars LOCAL BOYS DVD
Local Boys is a very good dvd to watch.I bought it for my husband.He loves it.I enjoyed it myself!!!
Published 18 days ago by bulldog
5.0 out of 5 stars Good mivie
I saw this movie on tv & liked it but I didn't see it from the beginning.
Published 20 days ago by Tweety831
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Film
Just like the film, saw it a few years back and decided to buy it when I found it on the website. A touching story of family and bonds.
Published 23 days ago by Skip
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie
Loved watching Mark Harmon! story was good, not fantastic, just a period piece if you were into surfing during that time period. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Good SciFi show Watcher
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Mark Harmon's Best.
Very good movie. Entertaining, great story. Enjoyed every minute of it. Any family will thoroughly be satisfied with this movie.
Published 4 months ago by Tirelli
4.0 out of 5 stars Surfer's movie
If you want a feel good surfer's movie this is it.Some reference to sex, violence and drugs but not overly pushing it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by C. Gannage
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie!
This is a good movie. I would actually put this at a 4.5 stars if I could. As noted by other viewers, this won't win any awards and is pretty predictable, but for a feel-good movie... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gubio3
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Good California drama of the surfer life style. Wouldn't want to live it.
Loved the ending, no violence, practical joke.
Published 6 months ago by John Hagen
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