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SURF GUARD

What to know: Lighthearted and fun, with a great message.
SURF GUARD is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-18
20 minutes
VIDEO
NICOLE BORGES
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Surf Guard is a lighthearted movie that teaches valuable lessons. I particularly enjoyed the music which keeps the idea of being on a beach a fun thing to do. The bully, who acts out in funny ways with his voice and his way of reacting to the surf guards is also something I like.

The story follows Kiki the Kook as he starts to disturb people's lives on the beach and Surf Guards find ways to catch him and also teach valuable lessons.

It's a short film that packs a powerful lesson. I dislike when the Surf Guard is tasting dog droppings because it is kind of disgusting, even if they are fake. The voice of Kiki the Kook and his reactions to the surf guards whenever he gets caught is something I like.

There are a lot of impressive camera angles and shots. The close-ups when the Surf Guard is tracking down the animal that left its dropping and its owner stand out. The shot of the Surf Guard in exile is also another impressive shot with the character's eyes and facial emotion filled with regret and fear. The low angle shot when the surf guards arrive after Kiki the Kook is caught displays the guards look heroic. The location is on the beach. The background music is typical beach music, very lighthearted and fun. The music after the surf guard moves on from his mistake displays his new found confidence, which serves as a transition to his short exile life. The song near the end of the final episode is a narrative of surf adventures in the city. The actors give admirable and funny performances. Keith Roenke, who portrays Kiki the Kook makes the character a comical bully, which is entertaining instead of a serious thing (despite bullying being a very serious thing). The actors portraying the surf guards seem more like hero figures, with high angle shots and their body language. The camera work is excellent. The screenplay is funny and lighthearted. My favorite is when the surf guard makes the mistake of walking in the bike lane and almost gets hit and feels really guilty about it and decides to exile in the cave. After he is discovered by his friends who support him to move on and apologize, we can relate to that.

The message of the film is: do not be a bully as there will be someone watching the action. The Surf Guard eating dog droppings is a bit disgusting, but otherwise, this is completely kid and family friendly.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults.This episodic show teaches valuable life lessons about bullying and friendship. Reviewed by Tom W., KIDS FIRST!

Surf Guard is a lighthearted movie that teaches valuable lessons. I particularly enjoyed the music which keeps the idea of being on a beach a fun thing to do. The bully, who acts out in funny ways with his voice and his way of reacting to the surf guards is also something I like.

The story follows Kiki the Kook as he starts to disturb people's lives on the beach and Surf Guards find ways to catch him and also teach valuable lessons.

It's a short film that packs a powerful lesson. I dislike when the Surf Guard is tasting dog droppings because it is kind of disgusting, even if they are fake. The voice of Kiki the Kook and his reactions to the surf guards whenever he gets caught is something I like.

There are a lot of impressive camera angles and shots. The close-ups when the Surf Guard is tracking down the animal that left its dropping and its owner stand out. The shot of the Surf Guard in exile is also another impressive shot with the character's eyes and facial emotion filled with regret and fear. The low angle shot when the surf guards arrive after Kiki the Kook is caught displays the guards look heroic. The location is on the beach. The background music is typical beach music, very lighthearted and fun. The music after the surf guard moves on from his mistake displays his new found confidence, which serves as a transition to his short exile life. The song near the end of the final episode is a narrative of surf adventures in the city. The actors give admirable and funny performances. Keith Roenke, who portrays Kiki the Kook makes the character a comical bully, which is entertaining instead of a serious thing (despite bullying being a very serious thing). The actors portraying the surf guards seem more like hero figures, with high angle shots and their body language. The camera work is excellent. The screenplay is funny and lighthearted. My favorite is when the surf guard makes the mistake of walking in the bike lane and almost gets hit and feels really guilty about it and decides to exile in the cave. After he is discovered by his friends who support him to move on and apologize, we can relate to that.

The message of the film is: do not be a bully as there will be someone watching the action. The Surf Guard eating dog droppings is a bit disgusting, but otherwise, this is completely kid and family friendly.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults.This episodic show teaches valuable life lessons about bullying and friendship. Reviewed by Tom W., KIDS FIRST!

A children's comedy set against the background of surf culture, Surf Guard is protector of the shore and the waves at the popular west coast destination, Sand Surf Swim Beach. With his trusted team of City Planner Deb, and Nerf, they work together to de-escalate, keep things groovy, and hold a watchful eye over the always menacing Kiki the Kook. Surf Guard is all about being righteous to each other and maintaining community accountability.
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