Going to see this movie was actually a birthday present to myself. I have 3 daughters and the thought of a strong courageous female role model in this age of Rihanna and Lindsay Lohan was something that I could not resist. Joining me were 2 of my daughters (one couldn't go because she didn't clean her room), my mom, stepmom, sister and goddaughter. The fact that 3 generations of us could go and all get something out of it was remarkable to me. So to the critic that said, "....makes you long for a vivid documentary on the subject instead", I say, "not me, I wanted a movie that made me want to stand up and cheer." I got that and more: much, much more.
I also loved the double meaning of the title. For surfers the term soul surfer means, "a talented surfer who surfs for the sheer pleasure of surfing" but the movie also obviously highlights the enormous role that her religious faith played in her recovery. Plus the scenery was to die for, I am seriously considering moving to Hawaii. Well maybe not seriously considering it. Maybe thinking about seriously considering it?