Riding Giants

2004 PG-13 1h 41m Blu-ray / DVD

Riding Giants

2004 PG-13 1h 41m Blu-ray / DVD
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Those who can't get enough of point breaks and "shooting curls" will appreciate this comprehensive look at the history of surfing, from its origins as a tiny subculture to its widespread resurgence -- and surfers' ongoing obsession with the sport. Stacy Peralta (who also helmed the acclaimed skateboard documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys) directs this critically lauded opener to the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Hindi
English: DTS 5.1 HD
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
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age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that young surfers and surfer wannabes will be very interested in seeing this movie that could have been a PG without the profanity. Interestingly, it's the older surfers who have the worst cases of potty mouth. Other than that, there's not much to worry about. There are multiple wipeouts, including one that killed a famous surfer. We hear of other surfers dying as well. In old footage we see a group of young surfers squirting lighter fluid into their mouths and then spitting it into flames -- you may want to let your kids know that this Jackass-style trick is not a good idea.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


We see some wipeouts (including one that killed a surfer), but nothing graphic is shown. We hear about surfers dying.


Some strong language, including one f-word.

Social Behavior

The surfers have about a laid-back attitude about taking risks and facing death.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some smoking is briefly seen, but if you blinked, you would miss it.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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