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Still shot from the movie: Chasing Mavericks.

Chasing Mavericks

Seasoned surfer Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler) is reluctant to mentor a budding boarder, but Jay Moriarity (Jonny Weston) is persistent. Eventually the older man helps the teen prepare to tackle the biggest waves in Northern California, known as Mavericks. This movie is based on a true story. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: A
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: D+
Run Time: 117
Theater Release: 26 Oct 2012
Video Release: 25 Feb 2013
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Why is it seemingly easier for Frosty to be a father figure to Jay than to his own daughter? What role can caring adults play in the lives of children and teens that are not a part of their family? Why are positive role models important for children?

Why does Frosty’s training regime include more than just physically preparing for the big wave? What are his four pillars? What does Jay learn about himself along the way? What things does Frosty discover? How does Frosty put his own children ahead of his personal passion for surfing?

What is the difference between fear and panic according to this script? Why does Frosty want Jay to confront his fears? Are there fears that are not easy to admit to?

To learn more about the real Jay Moriarity, check here: http://www.surfline.com/surfing-a-to-z/jay-moriarty-biography-and-photos_868/

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