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Bra Boys (2008)



Critic Consensus: While it looks like shameless publicity for the semi-notorious Aussie surfing gang, the film packs a raw energy into this look at a culture of athleticism and male loyalty.

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"Bra Boys" documents the cultural evolution of the inner-Sydney beach-side suburb of Maroubra and the social struggle of its youth--the tattooed and much maligned surf community known as the Bra Boys. Explores their success in professional big wave surfing, their international reputation for hard partying and rough justice, and touches on their running battle with authorities. The film shows their absolute reliance on one another to fit into a society in which they are displaced and, at times, disinterested. Follows how the evolution of Maroubra, coupled with the historical stigma associated with Australia's rebellious surf community, has contributed to their social displacement.

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Russell Crowe
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Critic Reviews for Bra Boys

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (13)

You know going in that this is going to be a fairly one-sided portrait. But it's also fairly thorough with its archival footage, historical and sociological perspective.

October 18, 2008
Top Critic

A messy, cheeky, inelegant but unusual and interesting memoir.

October 18, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Lengthy coverage of a murder trial involving Jai and Koby supplies the odd moment of meaningful reflection, but the overall impression is that of an unconvincing PR exercise.

July 31, 2008 | Full Review…

What begins as a probing look at this culture feels in the end like pro-surf gang propaganda.

July 24, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

An odd and suspect mix of documentary and public relations.

May 30, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4

An often fascinating but awkward mix.

April 16, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bra Boys


The only real deal to watch here is the narration done by Russel Crowe. The whole film was emotionally manipulative and only served as a propaganda for the acceptance of gang culture. It's actually quite disturbing to see these people became street hooligans. I can't believe this film even got distributed, I mean what are we trying to teach kids these days. I know their stories are tragic but this is not the excuse for them to pretend they are cool.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

A compromised doc on Sydney surfer punk culture, made by one of their own.

William Goss
William Goss

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