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  • Actors: Diane Delano, Miko Hughes, Taylor Negron, Lee Norris, Harland Williams
  • Directors: Joel Silverman
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PMGS72
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,988 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

This sexy teen comedy set in Costa Rica finds a group of high school outsiders determined to crash a surf contest and pull off the ultimate underdog victory. But first they must learn their lessons at a '60s-style, tropical commune, run by two former hippy radicals, and learn to surf from a delusional ex-surf pro.

Customer Reviews

Wish I was 12 when I watched this.
TJ
I get to see movies for free, I like to see movies: so I see a lot of bad movies.
Raphael Collin
The movie isn't funny, the story isn't good, and the acting is very bland.
Todd Smith

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bob Lind on May 30, 2007
Format: DVD
With early comparisons to "American Pie" and "Road Trip," I wasn't expecting much when I saw SURF SCHOOL in its brief theatrical run locally. Actually, I *like* mindless, escapist fluff comedies, and was prepared for one of those here. What I found was one of the most gawd-awful 90 minutes I ever spent in a theater (which, incidentally, was EMPTY except for the two of us!)

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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Raphael Collin on July 13, 2008
Format: DVD
I get to see movies for free, I like to see movies: so I see a lot of bad movies. I like surfer movies, I like teen comedies, I like to see girls in bikinis or less: so I looked forward to watching this flick during its brief stay in the theater. Unfortunately, this film is not funny and the characters are types that have been done to death and the actors are achingly boring to watch. The photography is technically sound (kudos to the film crew) but the surfing is put to shame by movies like Blue Crush. So the film is boring as a comedy and as a surf film and poorly acted: What about the girls? Well, there are three very attractive blondes who play beach bimbos (blonde roles are such racist stereotypes) and who briefly bare their [...]. Other than that there's really nothing to see, not even any superior bikini shots. Question for the prospective buyer: are quick T shots worth $[...] for a used DVD and 90 minutes of your life? (I appreciate the loyalty to his friends in the movie by the reviewer who gave this 5*s.)
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I'm the sort of moviegoer who likes train-wrecks of films--movies like The Room or Birdemic: Shock and Terror that are so outrageously, hilariously bad that they become perversely entertaining. A friend recommended this one to me as another in that vein, and... no. There are some moments of unintentional comedy--the atrocious surfing stunt doubles, the surreal monologues about Richard Nixon, the repetition every ten minutes of the painfully bad theme song, what can only be the terminus of Harland Williams' career--but these are oases between long, long stretches of an almost revolutionary kind of non-humor: failed attempts at self-consciously juvenile jokes the writers believe are deliberately bad. We're on third- or fourth-level irony here, and the liberating quality of bad "teen" comedies is completely gone; all that's left is a faint nausea and the intense urge to do absolutely anything else but watch another minute of this awful, awful film.

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.
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There was a part in the movie where he says, "Doris...live... in Costa Rica." Is it my imagination or did he mispronounce his line to live (lihv) meaning "inhabit" instead of live (lahyv) meaning "in person/in flesh". I mean that's how egregious the acting is. Safe to say he played the dumb jock part so well, he couldn't even read his lines right in real life. Great method acting!

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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