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Skateland (2011)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 7

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Skateland,set against the landscape of upstart malls, Jordache jeans and iconic hang outs,is as much a story about embracing who you are as it is about moving on. The personal drama marks the poignant transition of a group of high school friends into adulthood. Set in the early 1980s, in small town Texas, it is genuine, touching and candid snapshot of the lives of a close-knit group of friends who are confronted with the realities of the precarious world around them. The film revolves around a



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A film with some engaging performances and a swell soundtrack whose biggest problem is that it wants to be "Dazed and Confused" when it grows up.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Like so many other films set in the Reagan era, Anthony Burns' directorial debut fails to acknowledge the lingering and pervasive angst that shaped anyone growing up in the late Cold War.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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Indifferently acted, written and directed, the oft soporific "Skateland" is beautifully photographed and boasts a greatest-hits soundtrack, as well as some spot-on art direction.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Though noticeably lacking in originality, Anthony Burns' low-key directorial debut skates by on the charms of its hazy wistfulness and a likable cast.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Anthony Burns's sweetly nostalgic re-creation of small-town Texas in the early 1980s.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Manages to offer a particularly affecting, well-observed portrait of young people coming of age in an east Texas town in the 1980s.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A mundane and tired story that lacks depth doesn't exactly make Skateland an exciting or even enjoyable film.

March 13, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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It treads well-worn territory. Shiloh Fernandez is pretty inert in the lead role and Ashley Greene doesn't have that much to do.

October 27, 2011 Full Review Source:

Burns rebuilds the vibe a bit toward the end, but by that time the clumsy drama has overshadowed the mellow atmosphere. It's a total bummer.

June 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

The movie tries to capture the mood of a time and place, but instead the scenes feel arbitrary and sometimes even pointless.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Buoyed by Fernandez's nicely shaded turn...but ultimately it coasts along according to such predictable beats that it seems prefabricated.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Skateland is dedicated to the late teen film icon John Hughes. I think he'd pretty proud.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

You get no real sense of this place.

May 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies | Comment (1)

The performances in Skateland will serve as early evidence of the actors' supreme talent.

May 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Back Stage
Back Stage

The filmmakers seem to want to look back at the 1980s and weep, and you may feel the same way, having wasted your time watching this.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This is familiar narrative terrain, of course. But it's affectionately re-worked in Burns' atmospheric rendition.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: amNewYork

Burns handles the more dramatic moments - divorce, accidental death, betrayal - with invention, using abrupt cuts and impressionistic editing to keep the film from settling into a rut.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Movieline

Audience Reviews for Skateland

Cast: Ashley Greene, Shiloh Fernandez, Casey LaBow, James LeGros, Haley Ramm, Brett Cullen, Taylor Handley, A.J. Buckley, D.W. Moffett

Director: Anthony Burns

Summary: Director Anthony Burns and screenwriter brothers Heath and Brandon Freeman tell the story of 19-year-old Ritchie Wheeler (Shiloh Fernandez), who finds his life at a crossroads when the Texas roller rink where he works is forced to shut its doors. Set in the early 1980s, this is a coming-of-age tale in which the hapless but hopeful protagonist must contend with his parents' divorce, shifting friendships and making choices on the path to adulthood.

My Thoughts: "I actually really enjoyed this movie. It had the essence of one of my favorite films, 'Dazed and Confused'. I especially got that feeling from Taylor Handley who plays Kenny Crawford. He reminded me of a younger version of Matthew McConaughey. The southern drawl and all. I love the setting of the film. I am a big fan of the 80's and it's films. The movie has a great sound track to boot. The acting is also strong. The film really captures life in the 80's. In those year's the popular hangout was a skating rink. But the closing of it isn't really the main focus the summary leads you to believe it is. It mostly stands for an ending for a new beginning for the character Ritchie Wheeler. It's a great small independent film that in the end doesn't really exceed in delivering the depth it probably intended for. I could have also done with more character development. But as it is, I did enjoy it and would watch it again."
November 30, 2011

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They had me at "Electric Avenue" :).....Wonderful little movie set in an era that I loved. Fantastic ending, ta boot. Kudos!
November 4, 2011

Super Reviewer

It was a time when life was a place they thought would never change.

Good Film. Not exactly what I expected but didn't fail for me. That was a nice era to live in, I love the music and how people used to have fun in there lives. Nice story about love, endings, tragedy, beginnings and everything in between.

An iconic tribute to a culture, place and state of mind that defined small town America in the early 80s. It is a universal moment in time, when everything you know to be true starts fading. The story is personal, yet familiar, set against a visually arresting landscape of music and vistas of Americana.
October 28, 2011
Manu Gino

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