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Surfer, Dude (2008)


Average Rating: 2.8/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 18

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 2.7/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 2.4/5
User Ratings: 7,370



Movie Info

Hands on a Hard Body director S.R. Bindler directs this wave-twisting tale of a soul-searching surfer (Matthew McConaughey) in the midst of an existential crisis. Steve Addington (McConaughey) is an herb-toking long-boarder with a keen sense of balance and a mellow outlook on life. Upon returning to his hometown of Malibu to spend the summer with old friends, Steve begins to sense that the good vibes he remembers as a boy have been hopelessly corrupted by the powers that be. When the earthen … More

R (for pervasive drug use, language and nudity)
Directed By:
Written By:
George Mays , Mark Gustawes , S.R. Bindler , Cory Van Dyke
In Theaters:
Dec 30, 2008
Anchor Bay Entertainment - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Surfer, Dude

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (0) | Rotten (18) | DVD (4)

The film looks more like a collection of home movies as opposed to a professional piece of cinema.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

It felt like we were watching a rough cut.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

[A] hapless, laughless movie.

Full Review… | September 15, 2008
Top Critic

You can stick around for the only funny line, which involves a breakfast burrito, but the smart surfer would head for the hills and Willie's goat ranch.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

Surfer, Dude is a bizarre throwback. It feels 25-30 years out of date and seems to be meant to be watched on VHS, oops, make that DVD, while stoned.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Willie and ganja, yes, yes, the cliches abound.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

The problem that Surfer, Dude faces is that in its attempt to be a stoner comedy, it forgot to add the comedy elements.

Full Review… | March 5, 2009
7M Pictures

A celebration of unrealistic lifestyles, which makes it exactly the wrong film for our times. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | December 28, 2008
Groucho Reviews

The number of artistically successful surfing movies can be counted on one hand, and the majority of those are documentaries.

Full Review… | September 17, 2008

I wish the finished product was as amusing as the behind-the-scenes pot-fueled merriment I imagine took place during production.

Full Review… | September 15, 2008

The movie is about a surfer dude (sans comma), who is an analog dude trying to fit into a digital world, which is like trying to get a square peg into a Calabi-Yau Manifold, which is to say it probably won't work, and neither does this movie.

Full Review… | September 15, 2008
Boxoffice Magazine

Yes, this is a movie made by stoners for stoners.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
Los Angeles Daily News

A total wipeout.

Full Review… | September 10, 2008
One Guy's Opinion

I couldn't think of a less appealing advert for the way of the surf.

Full Review… | September 5, 2008
Austin Chronicle

...limp and rambling picture, which crawls across the screen for about 30 minutes longer than it has any need to.

Full Review… | September 5, 2008

Audience Reviews for Surfer, Dude


Dumb but harmless. Go into it with no expectations but that it will be a throwback to late 70's-early 80's mindless flicks like The Malibu Bikini Shop and it's ilk and you're in the right frame of mind for this.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

It's a pretty alright summer movie. One of those 'do what you love and the rest will fall in to place' films. I can dig it and I can't get enough of the surfer vibe ever since i saw POINT BREAK LIVE.

Alexis Nomm

Super Reviewer

OH MY GOD! This movie is so bad that it deserves to be likeable for laughing at. Matthew McConaughey digs an extremely large hole to die in in this film. He is one of the worst actors ever. He was funny in Fool's Gold, but then he went to bed. This movie is one of the worst movies I've ever seen period. Damn I wish I could have seen this coming before I watched it! There is no reason why it should have been thought of!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Ah, the holy grail of Matthew McConaughey shirtless flicks. I'm not even going to go over the plot of this film because there is no plot. There's just this massive, disemboweled thing quivering on screen for 75 minutes (there's 10 minutes of credits and goat footage at the end. I shit you not). This film is so horrible that if someone had shown it to a prisoner at Gitmo then said person showing this film would justly be put on trial for crimes against humanity. Yes, this movie is an unholy thing that needs to be purged from society at once. Gregory Peck should stab this fucking thing at the altar to make sure there are no sequels. I've caught myself drooling since watching this film, not that I'm hot for the stars bod, but I've been rendered brain damaged by this steaming piece of shit film. I'm learning to use the left side of my body again and I've almost stopped shitting my pants. This film kills more brain cells than Lee Harvey Oswald.

Chris Garman

Super Reviewer

Surfer, Dude Quotes

Steve Addington:
These guys arn't exactly committed to long care...
– Submitted by Christy K (2 years ago)
Steve Addington:
I'm not some ass clown in a green room.
– Submitted by Christy K (2 years ago)

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