Lisa Schwarzbaum
May 16, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Surfwise

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
Limited Release Date
05/09/08
director
Doug Pray
author
Doug Pray
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A-

Surfwise, Doug Pray’s cool documentary about 85-year-old Dr. Dorian Paskowitz, his wife, and their eight sons and one daughter is about surfing insofar as surfing is the family’s shared passion. But the blunt-talking Paskowitz turned his back on capitalist convention, observes the Jewish Sabbath, kept the kids out of school, and raised his brood (now adults with a legacy of complicated feelings about their wild-ride youth) on the road in a cramped camper. And Pray is astute enough to know that, with colorful specimens of an alternative universe like these, sport is the least of what’s docu-worthy about his subjects. A-

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