Southern California is home to a continual string of bank robberies. So the FBI puts Johnny Utah on the case and figures out that it's a group of surfers. He must entrench himself within the surfing world to bring the criminals to justice. But once Utah is in, there is no turning back.
Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze and Gary Busey.
Authenticity of Surfing Scenes
Pretty realistic, actually. They used Matt "Archy" Archbold for a lot of the surfing scenes, so that definitely helped. But the actuality of Utah becoming so good at surfing so quickly is extremely far-fetched.
"Bodhi, this is your f—king wake up call man. I am an F-B-I agent!"
"I caught my first tube today, Sir."
"Wars of religion always make me laugh because basically you're fighting over who has the best friend."
Best Awesomely Bad Thing at This Movie
Aside from the Spicoli stereotype, the surfer image created in Point Break has done more to the discredit of surfers as a whole than anything else in history. We are not all risk-takers who jump out of planes and rob banks like the Presidents of the United States.
But Bodhi going into the 50-year storm and Utah allowing him is one of the best scenes from a Hollywood surf movie ever. There is also useful life insights if you pay attention closely enough and ignore Keanu's terrible acting.