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Bra Boys (2007)

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60

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 12

While it looks like shameless publicity for the semi-notorious Aussie surfing gang, the film packs a raw energy into this look at a culture of athleticism and male loyalty.

67

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 5

While it looks like shameless publicity for the semi-notorious Aussie surfing gang, the film packs a raw energy into this look at a culture of athleticism and male loyalty.

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International film star Russell Crowe narrates writer/director Sunny Abberton's documentary examination of the infamous Sydney surfer gang that made headlines in the mid-'90s for a string of violent turf wars, drunken rumbles, and confrontations with the local authorities. A poor suburb of Sydney, Maroubra would become a key component in Sydney beach culture in the few years before the millennial changeover. Though the gang was praised by some locals for their efforts in rescuing kids whose

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Documentary, Special Interest

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Sunny Abberton

Aug 12, 2008

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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (12) | DVD (2)

A messy, cheeky, inelegant but unusual and interesting memoir.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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You know going in that this is going to be a fairly one-sided portrait. But it's also fairly thorough with its archival footage, historical and sociological perspective.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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Lengthy coverage of a murder trial involving Jai and Koby supplies the odd moment of meaningful reflection, but the overall impression is that of an unconvincing PR exercise.

July 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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What begins as a probing look at this culture feels in the end like pro-surf gang propaganda.

July 24, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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An odd and suspect mix of documentary and public relations.

May 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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An often fascinating but awkward mix.

April 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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In-depth intimate portrait of how a tough Aussie environment within a larrikin culture of rebels with or without a cause has produced spectacular professional surfers.

December 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

A piece of PR propaganda.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It aspires to but falls short of Dogtown's inspired, edgy mix of sports history, pop culture, social commentary, and revealing interviews.

July 9, 2008 Full Review Source: KPBS.org
KPBS.org

...there's an undeniable energy to this subjective, self-serving film which at times says more than it means to about this male-dominated culture.

July 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

It may be brash and a slightly biased but it nonetheless offers a fascinating insight into this surfing society.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

A story of loyalty that men can relate to while their significant others see Sex and the City.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

Thanks to the documentarian also making his family the film's subject, Bra Boys feels more than a little like a violence-glorifying infomercial.

May 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Maddeningly shallow.

May 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Sorely in need of an outsider's impartial slant.

April 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Despite the undeniable sorrow you see expressed by all, your foot may start to tap and you may find yourself wishing you were on some beach yourself.

April 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

What it lacks in objectivity, it makes up for in vivid intimacy.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Bra Boys is a carefully manicured PR video for the infamous Bra Boys surfer community.

April 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Bra Boys

A compromised doc on Sydney surfer punk culture, made by one of their own.
January 1, 2009
wbgoose13

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The only real deal to watch here is the narration done by Russel Crowe. The whole film was emotionally manipulative and only served as a propaganda for the acceptance of gang culture. It's actually quite disturbing to see these people became street hooligans. I can't believe this film even got distributed, I mean what are we trying to teach kids these days. I know their stories are tragic but this is not the excuse for them to pretend they are cool.
January 28, 2013
Sylvester Kuo

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