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'Blue Crush' crashes into theaters

Kate Bosworth and Sanoe Lake talk surfing, filming

By Meriah Doty

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Take girls on surf boards, big Hawaiian waves and cutting-edge cinematography and you have the ingredients for a different kind of teen movie -- "Blue Crush," opening Friday.

"This is a girl power film. It's definitely one I think girls will relate to more than men, but as far as the cinematography in it -- it's amazing," says real-life surfer Sanoe Lake, one of the film's stars.

On top of the many sunset, surf and beach shots set to the film's soundtrack (with tracks from MTV favorites like N.E.R.D., Beth Orton, Nikka Costa, Moby and Lenny Kravitz), "Crush's" plot revolves around talented surfer Anne Marie (played by Kate Bosworth) and her dream of winning the Pipe Masters competition on the North Shore of Oahu.

The blonde tomboyish beauty and her beach-bum roomies (played by Lake and Michelle Rodriguez) struggle to make ends meet with low-wage maid jobs. Soon a dilemma unlike most seen in teenybopper drama flicks is presented to Anne Marie: Should she place her bets on getting money via fame and surfing or from her new, wealthy boyfriend?

Picking it up

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An idea that may sound like an update of an old "Gidget" film is pulled off on the big screen partly because the girls took time to pick up the sport.

Bosworth, 19, who's being hyped as Hollywood's next "it" girl, spent two months learning how to surf before filming began. "I never expected it to be so difficult. You see videos of pro surfers and they make it look so easy. I can vouch for how hard it is," she says.

Lake brags, "Kate went out and she was catchin' waves on a short board, standing up. I know some girls who've been surfing for about two years who are still having trouble getting onto a short board."

Keepin' it real

Grazer, Stockwell
Grazer, left, and Stockwell filmed "Crush" on location in Oahu, Hawaii.  

Director John Stockwell ("crazy/beautiful") and producer Brian Grazer ("A Beautiful Mind"), who both surf recreationally, did many things to depict the authentic look and feel of surfing. Among them was hiring Lake, who had never acted before the shooting of "Crush."

The once competitive female surfer supports the realistic feel that's boasted as a selling point of the film. "John Stockwell captured the essence of what it's like to be a female surfer. ... He'd be out in the line-up sitting there on his surf board directing. And it's big pipe!"

But for those who aren't into girls on surfboards, Bosworth and Lake believe the movie is worth watching for the cinematography alone. Indeed, critics who have pooh-poohed the plot have raved about the movie's surfing sequences.

"[The filmmakers] take you out to pipeline, which is one of the heaviest waves in the world, and they'll basically take every single person sitting in their seat in the theater and bring them out into the ocean. That's what it's going to feel like," Lake says.

"You actually get to see what it looks like to be inside of a barrel from a surfer's perspective," she adds.

No girlfights

Bosworth, Lake
Bosworth, left, and Lake say they got along well during the filming of "Crush."  

During filming, Bosworth, Rodriguez and Lake lived together in a house on Sunset Beach in Oahu.

"We never fought. We got along so well and it's interesting because we have such different personalities," Bosworth says.

Lake agrees, "We were a perfect blend. It wasn't like, 'Oh, get out of the bathroom, I need to blow-dry my hair.' Plus we're all really low maintenance. We'd all just roll outta bed and just go straight to set. It wasn't even an issue."

They say it was not the party house either. "We were on 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. At the end of the day you're done. You're just tired. You want to go to bed," Lake explains.

Both actresses are not placing their bets on acting. Bosworth has plans to attend Princeton in 2003, though she says, "You never know."

Lake plans to stay close to the water, regardless of the movie's success.

"I love acting, but we'll see what happens," she says. "I'll always be a surfer."




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