Skateland

(2010)

Genres: Drama

Review: Skateland

Transcript for Review: Skateland

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
Our next movie and we do have one is "Skateland," a coming-of-age tale that wallows so deep in '80s nostalgia it feels like the filmmakers made a mix tape of songs from the era, and then made the movie around it.Shiloh Fernandez, the hunky bad boy from "Red Riding Hood," plays a roller rink manager named Ritchie. He's grown up in a small East Texas town and has no real dreams and no real ambition -- which doesn't make him real interesting.

/clip 12 -- Michelle and Ritchie talk in her bedroom, listening to music. He tells her he doesn't know what he wants to do with his life.

CHRISTY:
That's Ashley Greene, who plays Edward's psychic vampire sister in the "Twilight" movies. Here, she plays Ritchie's best friend, Michelle -- but you know there's more going on. Ritchie, Michelle and her older brother, Brent, spend the summer drinking beer, driving around in pickup trucks, trash talking and chain smoking.

/clip 2 -- Ritchie, Michelle and Brent drive in pickup truck.

If it sounds like "Skateland" just goes around in circles ... well, it does. "Skateland" obsesses over the look of the period without paying much attention to the emotion. Thumbs down.


IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
Uh, this is the sort of movie that would normally, you know, be called a sensitive, coming of age drama, I think in the press releases. I don’t really know what it is sensitive to, other than maybe the early films of Paul Thomas Anderson.

CHRISTY:
Okay.

IGNATIY:
Uh.

CHRISTY:
It is boogie nights-y. You’re right.

IGNATIY:
But there’s a lot taken from Boogie Nights, even the soundtrack is by Michael Penn, or the score rather, The soundtrack is full of the big hits of the era.

CHRISTY:
Yeah.

IGNATIY:
There’s just not, not really much here. The cinematography is sometimes quite beautiful, I think, especially, during the roller-skating scenes. The roller…

CHRISTY:
Right the one long tracking shot that introduces you to all the different characters is, really sets the scene. With “Funky Town” playing.

IGNATIY:
Which is taken from Boogie Nights.

CHRISTY:
Right, there’s “Funky Town” playing in the background, which is distracting, but, yeah, is there angst? They sort of hangout and drink and party and you know.

IGNATIY:
Yeah, yeah you get no real sense of this place. Even though the film, you know you see all of these places all of these parts of the town. You should be getting a really, you know, kind of firm grip on this period, but it just feels; it feels like a movie about movies about the late 70’s and early 80’s than it does like a movie about the late 70’s early 80’s in this sort of small town setting.