Surfer, Dude (2008)

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A wave twisting tale of a soul searching surfer experiencing an existential crisis.



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Steve Addington is the world's preeminent surfer - cool, laid back, stoned, shirtless and barefoot, living off endorsements for surfboards and trunks, paid in cash. In Malibu his endorsement contract has been bought by Eddie Zarno, a surfer turned businessman who wants Steve to record his moves for an electronic virtual reality game. Steve just wants to surf. While Zarno tries to change Steve's mind, the Pacific goes calm - there are no waves for days on end. Steve's attracted to Danni, recently fired by Zarno, but the lack of surfing drains him. Plus, he's low on dough. Will he sign with Zarno, get paid, and lose his self-respect? Written by <>

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"love and waves, that's what we need in these dark days."



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive drug use, language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 September 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Conquistando las olas  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,971 (USA) (5 September 2008)


$36,497 (USA) (12 September 2008)

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Woody Harrelson has called being in this film "the most non-work I've ever done." See more »


Jack Mayweather: Dude, you just harshed my morning mellow.
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Written and Performed by Xavier Rudd
Courtesy of Salt X Records Pty. Ltd. and Anti/Epitaph Records
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People are being too harsh on this movie...
11 January 2012 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

I watch quite a few movie and from my review record I can pretty much watch any movie. My first and foremost priority is; does the movie entertain me? For this movie, check! Then my second priority is this movie original? For this movie half a check. And finally my third priority is, does this movie challenge my mind? For this movie, no not even close.

This movie is pure entertainment. Though I have to say that Matthew McConaughey did a really good job. While people may say, "oh look he is playing a stoner and laid back person. That is a no-brainer." Actually not really, since a laid back person does not get uptight about anything, nothing gets them going.

What surprised me in the movie is how well Matthew played the character. You saw it when he was challenged to a fight, and refused, or when he was insulted, or his words twisted. He played his character and I was surprised at how well he did it.

So while it is not that original, though there are hints, it is very very entertaining. I found much of the critique of this movie completely misplaced...

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