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Skateland Review

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Skateland is every coming-of-age-after-high-school movie you've ever seen with a formulaic plot and well-worn characters.

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  • 60

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    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Though leaning too heavily on period tunes and the templates of Mr. Linklater and John Hughes (to whom the film is dedicated), Mr. Burns has a distinctly spacious style that gives female characters room to breathe.

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  • 67

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The film hinges on too many conventional crises (a car accident, a divorce), but the fact that Burns is better at atmosphere than story isn't all bad.

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  • 70

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    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Not on the same artistic level as "The Last Picture Show" yet has its own integrity and value - and a fine array of performances.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Lots of teen smoking, drinking in so-so coming-of-age drama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this teen coming-of-age drama set in a small Texas town in the early 1980s includes many scenes of partying and teen drinking (mostly beer, but some hard liquor as well), as well as heavy cigarette smoking and a scene of pot smoking. Language is infrequent but fairly strong -- including "s--t" and "a--hole," in addition to some homosexual slurs. There's kissing and some sex, but no nudity is shown. There are also some bullies and fighting. The movie has several female characters who are beginning to assert their identities, but it also treats many other women as objects. The movie isn't particularly good, but some of the actors come from the Twilight franchise, so teens may be interested.

  • Families can talk about the smoking and drinking in the movie. Are they glamorized? What are the real-life consequences for both?
  • Some of the female characters appear to be asserting their own personalities, but other women are treated as objects or stereotypes. What's the movie's view of women?
  • Why is it so hard to leave a small town to take your first big step in life? What are the pros and cons of small-town life -- both in reality and in movies/TV shows?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Although the movie's major refrain is that the teens in this small Texas town need to do something -- anything -- with their lives (and all the better if they can leave town to do so), very few actually face this challenge or overcome those odds. Viewers see examples of characters who have failed and returned.

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    Role models: The main character is passive and irresponsible. He's a talented writer, though viewers rarely see him writing or making any attempt to use his talent to better his life. He'd rather work his job at Skateland and drink with his friends. When something finally happens to him, it's not because of his own doing.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A few bullies show up from time to time and threaten violence. In one sequence, they bash in the back window of a car with a baseball bat, which results in a chase and a car crash. Eventually there's a fight sequence that includes smashing with a stick, some blood, and attempted choking.

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    Sex: A teen couple kisses and has sex (no nudity shown). Also lots of sexual innuendo, flirting (including one scene of homosexual flirting), and ogling of pretty girls. Though there are some strong women in this story, women are frequently treated as objects.

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    Language: Language is infrequent but strong, including several uses of "s--t" and "a--hole." Also insults like "slut," "faggot," and "queer bait."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Teen characters are regularly seen smoking cigarettes, drinking all kinds of alcohol (mostly beer, as well as some scotch), and occasionally smoking pot. Nearly everyone smokes cigarettes, including adults.