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Surf School (Unrated Edition)
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The plot was simplistic but had potential: typical "fish out of water" scenario, with East Coast transfer student Jordan (Corey Sevier) feeling out of place in a Laguna Beach high school run by a group of championship surfers, led by Tyler (Ryan Carnes). He bands together with other misfits at the school, including a geeky punk, silent goth girl and a perpetual virgin nerd, and enrolls in a surf school prior to the high school surfing championship in Costa Rica. Got the ending figured out yet? No surprises, believe me.
Most of the comic relief is provided by the alcoholic former "surf dude" who runs the school (overplayed beyond endurance by Harland Williams), and a couple of oversexed 60's era hippies who run the place where they are staying. Whatever funny moments there are (including a running gag by Williams inviting people for "mahi-mahi" and a chimp "flirting" with the virgin nerd) are overdone until they lose their appeal. And the film is filled with patronizing stereotypes, from three gorgeous Sweedish tourists to the illogical choice of a flaming campy gay MC at the surf championship. The dialog meanders in illogical circles, leaving the audience scratching their heads in confusion and wondering if this was mostly ad-libbed. The outtakes over the closing credits are better than some of the scenes left in the film.
Only played - briefly - in a handful of theatres nationwide. The writer/director should consider some other line of work.
This fails as a "wonderfully bad" movie because its ambition is not toward creating a good movie but a mediocre one, and so its utter failure lies not in its pretense but its self-assuredness. If The Room is that sweaty guy who memorizes poetry and calls everyone "friend" and wears what was once a nice collared shirt absolutely everywhere Surf School is that guy with the sideways baseball cap who cracks loud racist jokes and who you once saw actually wolf-whistling at someone in the street. The first is easy to mock and is not exactly an innocent human being, but you can't really hold much against him and you can learn a few things about your own insecurities if you think about why you hate him; the second just has no right to exist.
Sorry, I rarely write movie reviews. But this movie is so bad, I want to cry in a corner and waste another 20 minutes complaining how I can't take those minutes back. So instead I will waste another 5 minutes composing a review, so I can at least rant about it! Please!!! I urge you to share in my distress. Go, watch it and barf. Or maybe you'll enjoy it. The first few scenes were riveting... but I kept waiting for the surf lessons and well, it just got old, boring, cliche. Lots of terrible acting, feels like a school project. Script was painful. I don't care if it's supposed to poke fun at stuff.
Wish I was 12 when I watched this. Sorry to insult 12 year olds, but I just feel like I might have enjoyed it then. Or maybe you need to be on medication. Or maybe you wanna punish your friends and make them sit through this. Well, I actually didn't finish the movie and stopped watching after the comp. Maybe it ends well? lol
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Good Communications. Great Product. Quick Service. Rated AAA+++. Thank You. BEGPublished 6 months ago by Barry G.
The Amazon instant video version is R rated. Three topless women and all have beautiful real breastsPublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good video if you want some good laughs at stupid situationsPublished 15 months ago by Michael A Moore
Yes, this movie is junk. I bought it on Amazon to see Corey Sevier shirtless. He is shirtless, but for such short snippets. This kid should be prohibited from wearing any clothing. Read morePublished on October 5, 2013 by F. P. Dunbar
it was worth the longer delivery date, the product was in great condition as it was described!! What a great movie!Published on September 11, 2013 by Jamie <3
pathetic, actors and actresses stunk, it was like preschoolers had made this movie, couldn't believe I spent money on this thingPublished on August 28, 2013 by christian ecurb
...What can I say about Surf School? In the history of teen/twenty-something comedies, there may never before have been a movie as cliché as Surf School. Read morePublished on February 23, 2013 by Todd Smith
I went in to watching this movie expecting it to be stupid american pie style comedy, but the whole film was more stupid and poorly written then funny. Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by EricOfG