When the Mason family moves to idyllic Palos Verdes, Calif., the father, Phil, loves it but the mother, Sandy, feels out of place among the fake tans and tennis skirts. Phil and Sandy's daughter, Medina, is a loner and outcast at school, while her charismatic brother, Jim, is effortlessly popular. When Medina and Jim take up surfing, they must prove their right to share the waves with the tough Bayboys gang that monopolizes their stretch of beach.
I think the reviewer David Ferguson said it perfectly in his review, "Since there is always "trouble in paradise", perhaps living in paradise shouldn't even be a life goal." LOL - I frequently wonder the very same thing. I work in a family lawfirm in Manhattan Beach, CA. Over 30 years, I've met a lot of families, have seen their multi-million dollar homes, the way they make and spend their money, listen to them cry or complain about their infidelities, etc. This is just another sad story of a family going to s**t as the result of drugs, alcohol, abuse, infidelity, emotional issues. If you want to get sad or more depressed - watch this movie. If you want to be happy - watch a comedy or a movie about a family that works together through s**t - a man who is there for his wife and not running into another woman's arms (what happened to "through sickness and health"); parents taking charge and acting proactively in raising their kids (not leaving the child rearing to the nanny).
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