Blue Juice

Year: 1995
Production Co: Skreba Films
Director: Carl Prechezer
Writer: Carl Prechezer
Cast: Sean Pertwee, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ewan McGregor, Jenny Agutter
This is the best British surfing movie I've ever seen. Ha, got you - just making a joke about what must be the smallest subgenre there ever was.

Sean Pertwee is a surf nut living on the Cornish coast with his girlfriend Catherine Zeta Jones, feeling youth slip away and desperate to outrun the end by taking her around the world. He lives among a bunch of surfing mates and together they own an iconic local café.

For reasons I can't quite understand, she gets sick of his antics (in something) and throws him out. At the same time, a bunch of misfit and bozo friends arrive from London to surf with him, all with different agendas and backgrounds and all facing the onset of maturity in their own way.

That makes the film sound a lot more engaging than it is. Half an hour in I was so disinterested I was almost relieved when the DVD started to jump and I thought I'd be spared the rest.

But I stuck with it and towards the end found the characters had started to grow on me as they sorted their various problems out in tragicomic fashion.

Still the best British surf movie though...

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