Chasing Mavericks is a true story about a boy and his surf board. The real brazen teen Jay Moriarty to be precise. The movie seems to claim that his genes are somehow more driven to the aquatic terrain than the rest of us. They might be right.
The film is virtually encap-sulated in the trailer. A coming of age story about a fearless 15 year old boy without a father tries to conquer one of the biggest waves the planet Earth has to offer—the mighty mavericks. His mom is slightly dim witted and lazy and so relies on him to take care of himself and her—played by the ever beautiful Elisabeth Shue. Gerard Butler is a regular Joe that loves to surf and agrees to train the young padawan. A little bit of Rocky ensues and then bang bang splash we're at the end with the big wave upon us. Will he survive?
Chasing Mavericks is like most athletic centered dramas—inspiring. However, this film is really not one for the books. Your California 15 year olds might enjoy it but I would guess the most pleased demographic will be at the ripe age of 9.
Recommended Viewing: The Endless Summer - Riding Giants - Big Wednesday
Bob Scale: The Critic: 5.5 - The Fan: 5.5
Rotten Tomatoes: 33