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Surfer, Dude (2008)

Matthew McConaughey , Woody Harrelson , S.R. Bindler  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson
  • Directors: S.R. Bindler
  • Producers: Matthew McConaughey, Mark Gustawes, Gus Gustawes
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: December 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FU793A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,309 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Surfer, Dude" on IMDb

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

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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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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

Customer Reviews

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zen Surf and The Art of Doobie May 16, 2009
Format:DVD
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.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about a surfer, not surfing April 16, 2009
Format:DVD
I see so many reviews about this that say it isn't surfing. How many of you have hung at the beach and surfed every day? I know lots of surfers who are just like Addington. If you hang at one break long enough you'll find them and generally it doesn't take long! I enjoyed this movie cause it was about a surfer who finds his "world" under attack and has to deal with the greatest hardship (no waves) that could happen. Have you ever lived through a wave drought? Usually won't last longer than a week but it sucks none the less! It didn't have slash and burn hardcore surf footage: so what? It's not a surf video. Having Keith Malloy double as Addington in the water was good style. He rips on a longboard. I rate this highly because it's an accurate depiction of what some surfers are like and how they are focused on nothing but waves!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You either get or you don't! May 12, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
For those who rated this 1 star..... after reading each of your reviews careful and thoughtfully, I understand why you would rate this film the way you did.... you don't get it. And that's okay. For those who want a movie that goes way outside the lines, then this is a movie you will enjoy. Enough said on that.....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars something's bogus, dudes August 1, 2009
Format:DVD
This is a simple movie, not made to be dissected, competed with or watched for the plot or action. rather, the film provides a taste of SoCal that is partly mythical and partly disappearing and for that alone i loved it.

there's something wholesome about the film, left me feeling good which does not happen too often for me, and almost never with the large commercial blockbusters. to see Willie Nelson's smile, that alone was worth waiting for. mcConnaughey does a good job, as does Harrelson & most of the crew.

in other words, this is not about surfing. it is about friendship and about knowing what you love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated movie November 28, 2009
Format:DVD
I can only guess the studio didn't promote this movie because it's a solid movie. The directing and editing are fine, and I thought the actors sold their parts. I haven't been this moved by a movie since "Vanilla Sky". Someday you'll stumble across it on cable and I really think you'll enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surfer Dude! Wow Breau! September 5, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Surprisingly, this self-indulgent (Matt McC's own words) effort is really fun. I grew up with guys like this in sunny Calif. And, believe it or not we're still grown up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wife Loves it July 1, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Bought the DVD for my wife. She has been watching the whole thing, the movie, outtakes, interviews. Package came in quickly and looks like new. Great deal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dude, watch Surfer Dude! December 1, 2010
Format:DVD
To start, I like Matt Mc. but I'm not crazy about him. But it didn't matter.... I loved this movie! The whole vibe from all the cast brought it together into a fun-to-watch movie, and one in which the characters were believable, "knowable" (if you are or know people like them) =), and likeable. The actors that portrayed them were all convincing. Besides Matthew McConaughey as Steve Addington, I loved Scott Glenn as his dad, Jeffrey Nording as Eddie, Woody Harrelson as Steve's agent, John Terry (as Alexie's dad) & Alexie as Danni. And of course, Willie Nelson as the sheep herder.. c'mon!! How can you not wish you could have been on this set!! I have had this on my DVR for almost a year, and have watched it multiple times. But now that my DVR list is being "calendered" I guess I need to go ahead and buy this worthy DVD! I don't live anywhere near the coast to appreciate the surfer aspect of it, but I totally get it all the same!! Buy it.... if you don't like it, give it to someone who will.. :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, relaxing, surprisingly authentic... (some folks won't get it, but...
Great movie if you get it, more about a feeling than simply the act of surfing. Which is actually VERY MUCH like surfing. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Savagemaestro
1.0 out of 5 stars Dude!!
Thx to woody I'm giving it a star and to a brief appearance of Travis fimmel, other then that it would get none, 0.
Published 23 days ago by lalala
2.0 out of 5 stars Matthew:)
It received two stars because it has Matthew in it, but I didn't particularly care for the movie that much:(
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a Surfer Dude
The best no wave riding surf movie ever. If you dig low budget stoner movies this one is for you.
Published 2 months ago by the chef
5.0 out of 5 stars Chill movie
I think it is a pretty good movie. A nice movie to watch on a relaxing day.
A must see at least once.
Published 3 months ago by Michael Chouinard
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
i love this moviea! Mr. McConaughey is the man. He never disepoints. It remindes everyone that we need to Just Keep Livin.
Published 6 months ago by Brandon Hagaman
5.0 out of 5 stars McConaughey at his best
Shirtless, surfing, stoned, and sweet. Watch this soon to be classic before everyone else catches on. My feel good movie of the summer.
Published 8 months ago by Mikey
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
This is only okay, for me, it seems to spend to much time out of the water, I know there are 'no waves' but they could still get in the water.
Published 8 months ago by greg hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Dude it's going off
Hilarious movie! Great movie to just kick back and relax to after a long stressful week. Xavier Rudd lays down some great music to support the film.
Published 10 months ago by Nels Erickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Surfer Dude!
I appreicated the way this movie was packaged! I was here soooo quickly and was in good condition! I will buy from this vender again!!
Published 11 months ago by NeliaRN19
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