Surf's Up

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3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Trapped between kiddie gags and a more grown-up sense of the absurd, this animated mockumentary takes potshots at the commercialization of surf culture while encouraging small fry to follow their dreams. Misfit Cody Maverick (LeBeouf), a starry-eyed penguin from remote Shiverpool, Antarctica, wants to be just like legendary wave rider Big Z (Bridges). But when Cody gets his chance to board with the big boys, he finds a scene that’s all hype, endorsements, trophies and rotten sportsmanship. Deeply uncool! At least the too-cute penguins don’t dance. (Opens Fri; Click here for venues.) — Maitland McDonagh

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