Beautiful Wave


Adventure / Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 39% · 50 ratings
IMDb Rating 5.0/10 10 612 612

Plot summary

In Santa Cruz for the summer, a young woman discovers the sport of surfing -- and a family secret as well.

December 12, 2023 at 10:11 AM


David Mueller

Top cast

Alicia Ziegler as Kayla
Aimee Teegarden as Nicole
Lance Henriksen as Jimmy Davenport / Baja Man
Helen Slater as Jane - Nicole's Mother
886.04 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 36 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by irene-366-296469 7 / 10

Road trip with a conscience

This is a movie with a slow build - made for teenagers without any gratuitous violence or sex - unusual for that alone. But, add in the fantastic soundtrack and setting and this becomes an indie gem. The audience is assumed to be intelligent, not needing to have every little bit of plot nuance or character trait spelt out to them and as a result, the characters evolve gradually and by the end of the movie we are left feeling just a little bit more positive about human nature and wishing that we could embark on a trip in a beaten up camper ourselves. The universal themes of love, attraction, loss and acceptance are intertwined with the more specific environmental issues, but you never feel preached at - just very chilled out. It would be good to see more movies made at this pace - more art-house than blockbuster but none the worse for that.

Reviewed by donski1759 6 / 10

There's surfing, but there's a lot more than that!!!

This movie had a very dramatic storyline. There IS surfing and a awesome indie rock soundtrack, but it also a story on a teen's search of her place in life after her father died saving her. Nicole (Aimee Teegarden) goes through a soul-searching trip(after finding her grandpa's 1960's van) along with a co-worker of her Grandma's (Patricia Richardson)surf shop, and 2 guys whom (at times)did not seem to go along too well. A must-watch movie if you are in great family dramas, or the environment (seaturtles clearly are apart of the movie.) And in the end of this flick,you'll feel better about life and the environment.

Reviewed by m-buggy 8 / 10

Wonderful Story

This is a beautiful, peaceful movie which speaks to the heart. I'm surprised it has gone unnoticed and the ratings do it absolutely no justice. Beautiful scenery, great soundtrack, and a simple yet engaging story about a cute, quiet girl from New York who learns to see life from a new perspective as she uncovers her families past.

Story: A young girl Nikki who never leaves her room, constantly reading books and shutting herself off from the outside world, is sent to her Grandmother for the summer, who owns a surf shop in California. As she discovers more about the families past, and embarks on a road trip to Mexico, things start to change.

The character development seems to move too fast at the start, but everything falls perfectly into place as the movie continues.

Warning: not a typical movie about blonde babes and surfing.

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