When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend's brother.



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Forced to give up his dreams of art school, Zach spends his days working a dead-end job and helping his needy sister care for her son. In his free time he surfs, draws and hangs out with his best friend, Gabe, who lives on the wealthy side of town. When Gabe's older brother, Shaun, returns home, he is drawn to Zach's selflessness and talent. Zach falls in love with Shaun while struggling to reconcile his own desires with the needs of his family. Written by bill stephens

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 April 2009 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

De repente, Califórnia  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,464 (USA) (21 March 2008)


$142,666 (USA) (20 June 2008)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Trevor Wright, Ross Thomas and Albert Reed already knew how to surf before the filming of this movie. See more »


The night after Zach and Shaun kiss for the first time, Zach is shown to wear a different shirt when he drives back home. However, he wears the shirt he had worn in the previous scene when he reaches home. See more »


Shaun: [looking through Zach's art portfolio] Wow.
Zach: [trying to grab it away from him] Whoa! What're you doing?
Shaun: Easy, dude, it's OK. I want to look at it.
Zach: Nobody ever looks at that.
Shaun: Wow. Is that Cody?
Zach: Yeah.
Shaun: Sad Cody.
Zach: You could tell?
Shaun: Yeah, and how you darkened it around his head. This is incredible - and there's no toys in his room. Wow - awesome.
Zach: Yeah, he'd just gotten scolded. He was trying to understand why. So he came into my room. He hasn't left yet. It's the only place he could sleep.
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30 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is inspiring and the acting is superb. Trevor Wright does an amazing job in making us believe he is struggling to be everything to his family while dealing with his sexuality. Brad Rowe is also incredible. Casting him with Trevor was perfect. They are a true couple in this story. Jonah will go far in his career if he continues to make outstanding films like this one! Nice job to here! Networks for producing such quality work. I would like to know how Jonah came up with the idea for Shelter? As the film gets distributed in theaters, I also hope it makes it to GLBT youth programs so that young audiences can see this film, and be proud of who they are.

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