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Chasing Mavericks (2012)
Gerard Butler plays mentor to Jonny Weston's character — late surfing icon Jay Moriarity
2012-10-26 PG PT111M Drama Gerard Butler Elisabeth Shue 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Movie Review

Chasing Mavericks (2012)

Gerard Butler plays mentor to Jonny Weston's character — late surfing icon Jay Moriarity

MPAA Rating: PG

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HANG 10 Gerard Butler plays mentor to Jonny Weston's character — late surfing icon Jay Moriarity
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HANG 10 Gerard Butler plays mentor to Jonny Weston's character — late surfing icon Jay Moriarity
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Oct 26, 2012; Rated: PG; Length: 111 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Gerard Butler and Elisabeth Shue; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

It's almost worth seeing this surf melodrama just for the gorgeous cinematography of impossibly huge waves crashing against the water — and the comparatively tiny humans who aren't so much riding those waves as barely surviving them. Unfortunately, whenever Chasing Mavericks goes ashore, it becomes a half-baked coming-of-age cheesefest — think The Karate Kid with wetsuits. Gerard Butler makes an affably scruffy longboard Miyagi, but lead Johny Weston plays true-life surf legend Jay Moriarty as a blank-faced angel cipher. That's understandable, perhaps: Co-directors Curtis Hanson and Michael Apted clearly intend Mavericks as a tribute to the late Moriarty. But in attempting to honor their subject, the filmmakers also sap the life out of a potentially thrilling story. C

Originally posted Oct 26, 2012