Windrider (1986)

VINCENT MONTON

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  , 1986.  , .  Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by Film Editing by .

Nicole Kidman in Windrider.

has her first adult role in this forgettable but easily enjoyable film about windsurfing.  is buff and amiable as a bloke who works in the office of his father’s engineering firm, his free time spent passionately catching waves on his board.  In the film’s opening sequence he manages an impressive 360-degree stunt that only pop singer Kidman, who happens to be on the beach at the time, witnesses.  Upset that his friends don’t believe he did the full loop out on the waves, he tracks Kidman down and charms her, the two of them beginning an affair that hits a stand-still when he has a near-death experience with a shark.  Coming that close to death makes him doubt everything about his life, falling into a pit of despair until a fight with Kidman and a good talking-to from his maternal secretary (yep) convince him to compete in a windsurfing competition that will provide a terrific ending.  Its style of storytelling is totally juvenile (and sounds that much more preposterous in description), but the sex and nudity make it inappropriate for the age that it will work best with; thankfully the acting and cinematography make it bearable.

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