This is currently rated the worst film of all time at IMDb. The most positive demographic group
(females under 18) scores it 1.5 out of ten, while three of the
groups score it a perfect 1.0!
Of the top 1000 IMDB voters, a group
which usually offers the most accurate and unbiased measurement, there have been 72
of which 70 are "1/10" and the other two are "2/10." That is
astounding! It's truly the rare movie with no audience at all!
There are a few glowing comments at IMDb - every single one obviously
written by people involved with the movie. Every one of the positive
statements was from somebody who never reviewed any other movie -
except one which was written by someone who also reviewed Death to the Supermodels and gave them both 10/10.
By a remarkable coincidence, those two movies were
both directed by the same guy! (Death to the Supermodels is rated
2.1 at IMDb and received an E- from me.)
Surf School is sort of a combination of a sports cliché film and
the Revenge of the Nerds. Corey Sevier plays an East Coast lacrosse
stud. The season is over, he has already been awarded a scholarship,
and his mother talks him into finishing his senior year in
California so he can play in a lacrosse league there and stay sharp.
When he hits Laguna High, he finds that he is no longer a big man on
campus, and that it is the surfers at the top of the pecking order.
He fits in well with a group of nerds.
The surfers are on their way to an invitation-only senior trip to
Costa Rica for a High School surf championship. Corey convinces the
nerds to show up in Costa Rica a week early, take surfing lessons,
and beat the evil surfer dudes at their own game. In addition
to wanting to win the surfing contest, the group is interested in
getting laid, so there are three Swedish blondes in the film to show
their breasts. The nerds have rooms booked at a commune run by two
aging hippies who can't return to the U.S. because of some of their
more radical activities in the 60s. The surf instructor turns out to
be a drunk who has somehow lost the last 30 years of his life since
he was a surfing champion.
Most of the acting was way over the top, and the plot was
completely predictable. Yes, it is a bad movie, but not entirely
without chuckles, and is competent technically. This is not the
worst film of all time, but merely the same caliber of film as some
of the very weak National Lampoon films.