Rip Tide (2017)

Rip Tide
Director: Rhiannon Bannenberg
Writer: Georgia Harrison
Cast: Debby Ryan, Genevieve Hegney, Andrew Creer, Naomi Sequeira, Valerie Bader, Aaron Jeffery, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Danielle Carter
Seen on: 5.12.2019

Cora (Debby Ryan) is a successful model, but always in her mother Sofia’s (Danielle Carter) shadow as Sofia herself runs a modeling agency. When an embarassing video surfaces of Cora, she decides to leave New York and visit her aunt Margot (Genevieve Hegney) in Australia until things die down. Margot used to be a pro surfer, but now she runs a surf shop and school – and she’s struggling. With Cora’s arrival, things get shaken up – both for Margot and for Cora.

Rip Tide is nothing special. It tells a familiar tale and it doesn’t tell it particularly well. But there’s still some entertainment to be had and I’m pretty sure that pre-teens will gobble it up.

The film poster showing Cora (Debby Ryan) in fashionable clothes with a surfboard in her hand.

Rip Tide tells the same story that many movies before it told: a girl comes to a place that is very different from what she’s used to and that plays with different rules and she learns to adjust, comes into her own and brings some fresh wind to the place she’s now at. Of course, there’s a gorgeous guy, Tom (Andrew Creer) and an emotional reunion with a parental figure who finally doles out the approval that the girl has been so desperate for.

Even though we have seen that film a couple of times and could conceivably be very tired of it, Rip Tide does have a couple of aces up its sleeves. One is, quite simply, the pretty gorgeous landscape it is set in: I dare you to watch and not want to pay it a visit.

Cora (Debby Ryan) standing in a fashionable outfit with a suitcase in the middle of nowhere.

The other is Debby Ryan. I had no idea that she was a Disney child star – I first came across her when she played the bigger sister in Every Day and she left quite an impression on me in that small role. Seeing her as the protagonist now, I can definitely say that this impression is here to stay: she has a great presence on screen and I am happy to watch her.

But ultimately, unless you are a Debby Ryan superfan or a pre-teen girl, I’d say that the film isn’t actually worth watching. It’s too run-of-the-mill for that.

Cora (Debby Ryan) cuddling up to Tom (Andrew Creer).

Summarizing: Okay.

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