1. Soul Surfer (2011)
Bethany Hamilton, 13, is a world-class surfer who says she was meant to be in the water her entire life. Despite this, she is attacked by a shark and loses her arm after a fun night of night surfing and an otherwise enjoyable day in the water. While being rushed to the hospital, she maintains her composure and faith in God. She is strong. Since then, she’s had to re-learn how to do everything, including surfing, with just one arm. Even though it will take the support of her Christian friends, family, and church community to get her back in the water, if that is where she needs to be, she will find a way to get there.
2. Surf’s Up (2007)
To get to the “Big Z Memorial Surf Off” on Pen Gu Island, a young rock-hopper penguin named Cody Maverick has to travel from his hometown of Shiverpool, Antarctica, where the other penguins consider him a foolish surfer. To pay tribute to the late “Big Z,” a surfing legend whom Cody has admired since childhood, the young surfer is determined to win the world’s most prestigious penguin surfing competition.
Shiverpool has better waves, but Pen Gu’s are different, and the competition is fierce. It’s unlikely that the current champion, conceited Tank Evans, will just sit back and let this little penguin walk all over him. In the jungle, Cody meets Geek, an aging recluse surfer, and learns a lot about life and surfing from him. He even teaches Geek a few things along the way.
3. Jaws (1975)
Amity Island is experiencing a scorching summer as tourists flock to the island’s beaches. While investigating a shark attack, new Sheriff Martin Brody finds the remains of a swimmer who was killed by the shark. In the eyes of Mayor Larry Vaughn and a number of local businessmen, this is scandalous. Brody relents in the face of his guilt after a young boy is killed by the predator on that same weekend.
The mother of the dead boy posts a bounty on the shark’s head, and Amity soon becomes overrun with amateur hunters and fishermen eager to cash in on the reward. Local fisherman Quint, an expert in shark hunting, offers to go after the monster for a large fee. The Oceanographic Institute’s Quint, Brody, and Matt Hooper will be out at sea soon in search of the elusive Great White shark. After their first run-in with the monster, Brody correctly predicts that they’ll require a larger vessel.
4. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
It’s a pity that Peter’s longtime girlfriend, Sarah Marshall, who plays the lead character on a corny crime drama, dumps him. It’s like watching someone who is depressed weep, rail, and mope. Eventually, Peter’s stepbrother Brian suggests Hawaii, so he checks into a resort on Oahu and runs into Sarah and Aldous, a polymorphously perverse English rocker, as he’s going through check-in. Once again, Peter is weeping and moping, but he is saved by Rachel, a kind hotel clerk who invites him to a luau and just hangs out with him. Peter regains his mojo despite running into Sarah and Aldous on a daily basis. Will Sarah and Rachel come to terms with what they’ve lost?
5. Chasing Mavericks (2012)
True story of surfer Jay Moriarity, an inspiration to people everywhere. With the help of local legend Frosty Hesson, 15-year-old Jay learns how to surf the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the world’s biggest waves, which happens to be located just miles from his Santa Cruz home. Along the way, Jay and Frosty form a special bond that changes both of their lives forever. As a result, their quest to tame Mavericks transcends surfing entirely.
6. Love & Mercy (2014)
The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson is the band’s creative driving force, but he paid dearly for it. Those inner demons and obsessions to please his abusive father drove him to a mental breakdown that would plague him for years during his artistic peak years in the 1960s. In the 1980s, when Dr. Landy has Brian barely functioning, Brian meets and falls in love with Melinda Ledbetter, who is unscrupulous. The more they get to know each other, the more alarmed she becomes about Brian’s crippling submission to the manipulative psychotherapist. It’s time for her to stand up for what she believes in, even if it means sacrificing her own happiness.
7. Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Illegal genetic experiment #626 has been discovered in a faraway land: Doctor Jumba Jookiba, an unscrupulous scientist, has created a powerful, intelligent and aggressive being with only one known weakness: his body’s high density prevents him from swimming in water.
The Galactic Federation’s Grand Council jails the scientist. Captain Gantu was supposed to deliver the experiment to a prison asteroid, but it manages to get away. It’s a race against time as the destructive being speeds toward Earth, a small and already doomed planet. With water all around, no major cities in sight, and two well-equipped Galactic Federation agents hot on his tail, experiment #626 is in no real danger while stranded in Hawaii.
When Lilo takes the experiment home with her, she names him Stitch and causes the little dog to develop an emotional reaction that no one expected, neither could Dr. Jookiba or Earth expert Pleakley. Cobra Bubbles, a social worker, is about to dismantle Lilo’s dysfunctional family, which consists only of her and her sister Nani. Stitch’s arrival as a new family member adds a lot of excitement to everyone’s lives, and Pleakley and Dr. Jookiba eventually lose track of their former prey. If they don’t tell the Grand Councilwoman, how will they escape punishment?
8. The Blind Side (2009)
Informed by “Leigh Anne Tuohy” (qv) and “Sean Tuohy” (qv) taking in a homeless African-American teenager named “Michael Oher,” based on the true story (qv). Neither Michael nor his mother are aware of their biological father’s identity. Michael’s formal education has been limited, and he possesses few tools with which to further his education.
As is typical of Leigh Anne, she seizes control and makes sure the young man has every chance to succeed. In response to his declaration of interest in football, she goes out of her way to support and encourage him, even offering the team’s coach some suggestions on how to best utilize Michael’s strengths. Additionally, a tutor is employed to assist him in achieving the necessary grades so that he can be considered for an athletic scholarship at an NCAA Division I university. The Baltimore Ravens selected ‘Michael Oher’ (qv) in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
9. The Descendants (2011)
For several generations, the King family has called Hawaii home. His extended family owns 25,000 acres of undeveloped land on Kauai through a trust that expires in seven years, including him and his numerous cousins. The family’s best option is to sell the land before the seven-year period expires, which is all the rage in the state because who buys the property could drastically alter Kauai’s landscape. Although Matt owns a substantial estate, he has chosen to live off the salary he receives as a Honolulu lawyer. However, as many people believe, Matt’s life has not been as idyllic as it first appears. They were having issues in their marriage as he was married to Elizabeth.
Recently, she was involved in a boating accident that has left her brain damaged and in a coma. Her mother and father couldn’t handle their seventeen-year-old daughter Alex’s rebellion, which was exacerbated by an argument of an unknown nature between mother and daughter during Alex’s last visit home. Alex is now boarding schooled on the big island. Also, Scottie, Matt’s 10-year-old daughter, has started acting out, and he’s unsure if he can handle it, possibly raising her on his own. When Matt learns that Elizabeth is brain dead and will be taken off of life support, he decides to bring Alex home with him.
10. The Diving Bell And The Butterfly (2007)
Journalist ‘Jean-Dominique Bauby,’ 43, wakes up one morning with no memory of how he got there. A massive stroke left him in an unconscious state, and he has been in the Berck-sur-Mer hospital ever since. Despite the fact that his cognitive abilities are intact, he quickly discovers that he has locked-in syndrome, a condition that has left him almost completely paralyzed, including the ability to speak. His left eye is one of the few muscles in his body that works.
As a result of his health issues and hospitalization, many people in his life have been forced to come together, including his ex-lover Celine Desmoulins and the mother of his children Ines, his current lover, and his ailing father, Papinou. Physical therapist Marie and speech therapist Henriette are two members of his caring recovery team. He learns to communicate with Henriette by using a system where he spells out words by blinking his working left eye when she reads out the letters of the alphabet in descending order of their use in the French language.
He finds that despite the difficulties at first, he can eventually communicate effectively and slowly by using this method, and it is with Claude’s expert assistance that he undertakes the monumental and seemingly impossible task of completing his pre-injury book project while shifting its focus to his current state as a paraplegic.