Review | Soul Surfer

Credit: Mario Perez/Film District

Opens: Friday 4/8

Us Rating: **

Teen surfer Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb) lost her arm in a shark attack in 2003. This overly earnest story dramatizes the shocking moment, then follows her courageous return to competitive sports. The tale also features Carrie Underwood (making her movie debut) in a bland role as a church youth-group leader. The sincere message -- perseverance is essential when faced with life's setbacks -- is a good one, but the movie is a bit of a chore to watch.