Nothing gets between Anne Marie and her surfboard. Living in a beach shack with three roommates including her rebellious younger sister, she is up before dawn every morning to conquer the waves and count the days until the Rip Masters surf competition. Having transplanted herself to Hawaii with no one's blessing but her own, Anne Marie finds all she needs in the adrenaline-charged surf scene ... until pro quarterback Matt Tollman comes along. Like it or not, Anne Marie starts losing her balance - and finding it - as she falls for Matt.
The latest entry in the blossoming feminexploitation genre, featuring a squad of tough, resilient, athletic young women who also happen to look great in skimpy bathing suits. Kate Bosworth plays Anne Marie, a surfer in training for the competition that will give her a shot at the big time. Among the obstacles in her way are her headlong romance with a vacationing football player and her own timidity. On the way to its unsurprising finish, the movie offers a generous and genuinely thrilling series of surfing sequences, directed and edited with enough vividness and precision to allow even the most landbound viewer to feel the exhilaration and danger of the sport. — A. O. Scott
2002-08-16 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of Blue Crush