I got this movie at blockbuster a million times when I was a kiddo, so I had some pretty dark rose tinted glasses upon a rewatch... But this movie is actually really good.
It's very rushed, the relationship with Lani and her character as a whole isn't really fleshed out... but I think it's somewhat excusable because of the "documentary" style... and kids have short attention spans.
Lots of creative direction, editing, shot composition, and it makes the documentary style work better than most documentaries (although some camera angles are impossible in a real life scenario, like the surfing scenes, but who cares).
A surprising amount of the humor has impact, especially with chicken Joe. More so as an """"adult"""…