Picture from Soul Surfer
Overall A

Sun, sand and waves are all a young teen (AnnaSophia Robb) needs to keep her happy. Well on her way to a championship season as an up and coming surfer, she has a bright future until she loses her arm in a shark attack. Now she must fight her fears to get back in the water.

Violence B
Sexual Content B+
Profanity A
Substance Use A-

Talk to your kids about…

Soul Surfer

How does Bethany’s passion for surfing help her overcome her fear to return to the water? Why did her father need to let her desire to compete be her ambition and not the fulfillment of his own dreams for her? What can a person do to face their anxieties after a traumatic event?

How does Bethany feel when she meets the tsunami survivors? How does their plight help put her own problems in perspective? What does her youth leader mean when she says, "Don’t be sorry for having compassion?"

Do movies about physical or mental challenges (The King’s Speech, The Horse Whisperer, My Life, Rear Window, Adam) give people a better understanding of those who face difficulties?