Chicle’ explores the universal question: Why can’t we accept
ourselves…just the way we are? This dramedy spans three generations as the
West family comes to terms with their vanity, sanity, virginity
God was good to Hayden West. Tall, dark, smoldering looks offset his surly
disposition. Sometimes. When Hayden wipes out his education and his
Legoland job to join the ranks of the "Big Wave Quest" his father Dave, a
surfer himself, couldn't be prouder. His mom, Linda couldn't be more
irate. After all, the Lego uniform wasn't that bad. Besides, 'Big Waves'
in extreme surfing means waves fifty-foot plus. The difference between
life and death. Linda prefers Hayden tries something really scary--like
finishing college, getting an apartment and landing a real job. Her
biggest fear is Hayden will end up like all those other surfers whose
biggest goal each day is to watch a sunset. Dave reminds her that she
hasn't seen a sunset in years.
Gigantic waves in Mexico waters become an enormous obsession for the West
men. Hayden’s best friend, Tim provides the Jet Ski for waves so powerful
that surfers have to be towed in. Photographers provide the evidence.
Their accomplices include local peasants in shoddy pongas that don't speak
English. But they all understand Hayden's exhilaration as he conquers
fifty, sixty, and seventy-foot waves. Even Uno, his favorite Tijuana
vendor. The severely deformed man with one “good arm” and no legs, hobbles
to Hayden’s van, lighting up the border crossing with his smile. But
Hayden still can’t figure out what the hell Uno’s got to smile about.
Dave, a Viet Nam vet with a dead-end job as a tile setter allows him to
sneak off to Mexico with Hayden for a surf session now and then. Scrawny
brother Evan seethes in jealousy as he videotapes Hayden's every wave in
the hopes of becoming a documentary film director. The West Fraternity
makes Linda mad as hell. She dives into her bleak DMV job. Mother Nature
rears her ugly head again as other DMV customers deny their vital
statistics. Linda simply denies that she is menopausal. Linda’s only
daughter Ashley, the sophomore class president and Daddy's little girl,
makes her own waves as she kisses her virginity goodbye with that worm in
her Biology class that Dave detests.
Life for the West family unravels as Hayden's lifelong passion becomes
life threatening. As Hayden packs for a global quest, a last minute
physical reveals a serious condition that requires emergency surgery. When
Hayden undergoes surgery, the West family opens up their hearts and minds
to a new way of dying -- and living. A revelation that makes Hayden and
his family realize Mother Nature may not be such a bitch after all.
2006 Maggie Franks
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