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Surfer, Dude [Blu-ray]

3.7 out of 5 stars 97 customer reviews

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Soulful longboard surfer Steve Addington (McConaughey) returns to Malibu for the summer to find his cool hometown vibe corrupted. New sponsorship demands Addington to expand into Virtual Reality Video Games and Reality TV. Unwilling to participate in this new digital reality, he chooses to spend his summer surfing his home break. But in a twist-of-fate, the waves go flat. Out of money, his expense accounts cancelled, and betrayed by his buddies, Addington is backed into a harsh corner. Aided by his manager (Harrelson), his mentor (Glenn), his guardian angel (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

Product Details

  • Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Willie Nelson, Scott Glenn, Sarah Mason
  • Directors: S.R. Bindler
  • Producers: Matthew McConaughey, Gus Gustawes, Mark Gustawes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FU791W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,678 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Surfer, Dude [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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I had high hopes for this movie,I really enjoy a good surf culture film,I didn't know that the movie was centered around a reality show,making it more about surfing would of helped,I really hate how reality tv is taking over,the people that they pick are overaged plastic surgery loudmouth losers so desperate to be famous,Tom Hanks is a star,reality stars aren't. "Point Break" now that's a well rounded movie with plenty of "surf is life " balance to it
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A laid back and modern perspective of the surfer lifestyle. Is it real? Hollywood fluff? Only a surfer knows for sure, but for the avid movie watcher, McConaughey fan, or big wave dreamer Surfer Dude offers a plausible and entertaining glimpse into a world beyond the suit and tie crowd struggling as they come to grips with the corporatization of their way of life... Watch it and ask yourself, is it as simple as, "Are you in, or are you out?"
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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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My kind of surfer. I stared surfing in 1976 and over the years watched something I felt was pure become more and more aggressive to the point that it has lost a lot of soul. McConaughey played the kind of nature loving surfer I have tried to be. I can't be impartial about a film like this so your hearing it from a surfer dude lol. If even one of the students I have now turns out to be the laid back character portrayed in this flick I will be happy.
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