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This is one of the worst movies I've seen in a long time. Poor acting. Poor execution. Dont even bother watching it for free on netflix, You'll be very bummed you wasted 2 hours on it. The main character obviously has never ridden a skateboard in his life before this. The editing of all the skate footage is ridiculous. Nice try. Better leave skate footage to the skateboarders.
"Hardflip" is no different than your typical Christian film. It's cliche, stereotypical, predictable, and boring. The director doesn't deal with his themes subtly and instead shoves them your face. I prefer themes to be underlying in films; having them spoon-fed to you detracts from the story and makes the film more of a propaganda. Which this is. Here's the case with most Christian films: Main character is not a Christian. Said character is going through some rough times. He/she gets introduced to God and is skeptical at first. Character eventually accepts God and everyone's happy. This formula gets old really fast. First off, I have met people who have overcome obstacles without God. I know people who are not Christians and are perfectly happy. "Hardflip" makes it out that if you're not a Christian then you're some punk who has no direction in life and likes to get drunk all the time. Seriously? Grow up Johnny Remo. I know Christians that act the same way. The film portrays people so stereotypically that it makes the director come off as ignorant and out of touch with real world. Remo is so determined in getting his 'life changing' message across that he forgets to create people that are genuine and real. His other film "Cutback" is even worse, and the cliches are so obvious that it will make you cringe.
The movie doesn't market itself as the faith-based film it is but once it becomes apparent, it falls into many of the traps that so many Christian movies do. I've come to wish all of them would have at least one non-Christian on set to coach them on how non-Christian ppl actually act. They don't make a huge deal out of drinking beers and they don't use not-quite-cuss-words when they get mad or all wear backwards hats and sunglasses. And for that matter, Christians don't actually sit on the beach quoting the Bible or toting pictures of Jesus on their skateboards. Decent attempt but unfortunately like so many of it's peers of this genre the film ultimately resorts to stereotypes that keep us from ever really having an honest conversation about spirituality.
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