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This gentle father-son(ish) tale about an expert surfer and his teen apprentice is a rare “family” movie that isn’t preachy or insipid. I’m “biast” (pro): big fan of Gerard Butler despite his attempts to put me off

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Clearly it’s a sign from somewhere that this 2012 movie hits DVD in the U.K. just as Apple releases the latest Mac Os, 10.9, code-named Mavericks. Just what is Mavericks, anyway? It’s a deadly — literally — surf area in Northern California that Apple has borrowed to name its software and that inspired real-life 1990s daredevil teenaged surfer Jay Moriarity. In this biographical drama, 15-year-old Jay (Jonny Weston) convinces his neighbor, veteran surfer Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler: Olympus Has Fallen), to teach him how to take on and survive Mavericks. How dedicated to authenticity is this film? »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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