Saturday, August 04, 2007

SURF'S UP - the dude abides!

Cody's around here somewhere, I can feel it in my nuggets!SURF'S UP is one of those films that puts you in a happy, sun-kissed mood. It's charming, it's funny, and it made even the most evil greedy capitalist bastard all warm and fuzzy inside. This is because the writers do old fashioned things like having a proper story and like-able characters. What you won't find are machine-gun-rapid pop-culture references and movies spoofs. (Shrek, anyone?)

The movie takes the form of a reality TV show following a young surfing penguin called Cody Maverick on his way to the annual Big-Z Memorial surfing championship on the island of Pen-gu. The writers send up the genre, but don't overdo the smart jokes. Cody (the omnipresent Shia LaBeouf) is befriended by a cute life guard (Zooey Deschanel), a stoner chicken (Jon Heder) and the now reclusive Big Z himself (Jeff Bridges). So begins a patiently-told, coming-of-age story interspersed with a scene-stealing side-plot featuring Jon Heder's junior dude, Chicken Joe. Seriously, this is probably the most innocently expressed animated movie since the original TOY STORY. Not to be missed.

SURF'S UP is on release in the US, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Portugal, Indonesia and Turkey. It opens in Egypt, the CZech Republic and the UK next week and in Spain, Argentina, and Hungary the following week. It opens in Belgium and Serbia on August 23rd and in Iceland on August 31st. It opens in Australia and Germany in September and in Italy, the Netherlands, France and Brazil. It finally rolls into Sweden, Finland, Norway in November and in Japan in December 2007.

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