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Soul Surfer | 2011 | PG | - 3.5.1

The true story of pro-surfer Bethany Hamilton: After the teenager (AnnaSophia Robb) loses her arm in a shark attack, she overcomes her disability and finds the courage to return to competitive surfing. Also with Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid, Carrie Underwood, Ross Thomas and Kevin Sorbo. Directed by Sean McNamara. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Throughout the movie we see teenage girls, boys and men and women in bathing suits, including teenage girls wearing bikinis (with bare abdomens and cleavage exposed), tight surf shorts and small bikini bottoms and bikini tops and short shorts; women wearing bikinis (with bare abdomens and cleavage exposed), and women wearing bikini style tops with shorts; and men and teenage boys wearing swimming trunks (with bare backs and chests visible).
 A husband rubs his wife's shoulders, she touches his hand, he grabs her and they kiss briefly. A husband and his wife kiss.
 A teenage girl takes off and changes her bikini while three women surround her holding up towels; we see no nudity. The bare back of a teenage girl is briefly visible as she struggles to tie her bikini top.
 A teenage girl jokes with another teenage girl that a bikini top is very small and could be used as an eye patch. A teenage girl says that she could be "showing a lot more than her moves" if her bikini top would fall down.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A shark jumps out of the water and bites a teenage girl's arm: she does not scream but we see blood pouring into the water, leaving clouds of red, a man rushes to the girl's side and he, and another teenage girl push her to the shore with a trail of blood following them; the man wraps the teenage girl's arm stump (we do not see any tissue or bone) with a shirt that becomes soaked with blood and the teenage girl turns pale and is about to pass out (we see her being rushed to the hospital with blood seeping through the wrap on her arm).
 We see a teenage girl on a hospital gurney surrounded by doctors and nurses, a doctor applies defibrillation paddles to the teenage girl's chest as we see her imagining herself surfing toward a bright light, implying she was dying (we see her moments later recovering in a hospital room). A doctor unwraps a teenage girl's shoulder and we see a row of inflamed red stitches where her arm was (no blood is visible). EMTs ask a man if a teenage girl lost consciousness or hit her head as they load her into an ambulance (we see her shoulder wrapped in a bloody shirt).
 A man is seen lying on a hospital bed, a doctor comes in and we later see the doctor about to cut into the man's knee with a scalpel, but is interrupted. A doctor tells a teenage girl that she lost over 60% of her blood and would feel "lousy" for a few days.
 A teenage girl experiences a nightmare where she believes a shark is about to attack her; she wakes up screaming and is comforted by her father.
 A man shouts at a teenage boy, the teenage boy shouts back and storms away. A man and a woman shout at one another. A man and teenage boy shout at a group of reporters, and the man then gets in a car and drives erratically away from the reporters. A teenage boy shouts at a dog and wrestles as the dog tries to pull a prosthetic arm from the teenage boy's hands.
 A woman and a teenage girl wrap wounds in the midst of a crowded street as another woman (as translated by another woman) tearfully explains that a tsunami had not left many survivors. A woman tells a teenage girl that a young boy's parents had been killed in a tsunami and he was orphaned and alone. A teenage girl tells another teenage girl, "Don't die" as she is being loaded into an ambulance. A woman says out loud as she watches an ambulance pass for an injured teenage girl to "hold on." A teenage girl tells another teenage girl she thought she was going to die. A teenage girl says, "Sometimes you wipe out and end up in the impact zone"; we later hear the teenage girl explain that she had experienced rashes and "reef cuts" but was unharmed. A teenage girl says a prosthetic arm looks "creepy real."
 Several teenagers and a woman walk through an area of extreme devastation: we see cars smashed and on top of trees, homes destroyed and people wandering around.
 A man and two teenage boys approach a dead shark hanging from a tree, and the man holds up a bitten and broken surfboard to the shark's mouth, confirming it was the one that attacked his daughter.
 On multiple occasions we see a teenage girl struggle to stand up on a surfboard in the water: she is pushed off her surfboard by water and coughs as she attempts to swim. Two teenage girls on surfboards ride close to one another, and one of the teenage girls shoves the other off her board and into the water (she is unharmed). A teenage boy trips as he runs on sand, and he stands up unharmed. A man stumbles as he attempts to get off a hospital gurney and he braces himself against a wall.
 A teenage girl turns her head and vomits: we see the vomit come from her mouth and hear the noise as it hits sand and water. A teenage girl says that she feels like she could "throw up" and a teenage boy jokes that she should aim at another teenage boy. A dog licks the bandage on the remaining arm stump of a teenage girl. A teenage boy says a close-up photograph could be a "dead rotting brain," and several teenagers say "Eww"; the photograph is identified as a walnut. Several teenagers act disgusted when a woman shows them a zoomed-in photograph of a fly's eye.
 A woman playfully throws handfuls of sand at two teenage boys and a teenage girl, they shout and throw sand back; the woman throws sand at a man, he acts like he is hurt, then gets up, unharmed, and grabs the woman playfully. A teenage boy lifts up a teenage girl. A teenage girl and a teenage boy playfully throw foam balls at a teenage girl. A teenage boy playfully shoves a teenage girl, she acts as if she's hurt and then gets up, unharmed. A teenage girl playfully hits a teenage boy on the side of the head. A teenage girl playfully shoves another teenage girl. Two teenage boys playfully tackle one another, and one jumps on the other teenage boy's back and hits him on the head. A girl kicks a soccer ball at a boy, and he falls over trying to catch it.


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LANGUAGE 1 - Exclamations (oh my gosh, darn it), name-calling (goof, loser, hoser, jerk, psycho), 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - None.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Surfing, shark attacks, courage, overcoming obstacles, faith, Phuket, Thailand tsunami, skateboarding, sneaking out of the house, knee surgery, home schooling, Venus de Milo, compassion.

MESSAGE - Courage and faith can help a person overcome any odds.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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