Here’s the trailer for Skateland, which is another coming of age film set in the 80’s that feels suspiciously like Adventureland. It’s showing at a mess of film festivals this year, which means the film makers want you to ooh and aah at it, and yet, it just doesn’t… work for me.
It stars Ashley Greene, who I like for absolutely no valid reason, and Shiloh Fernandez, who I presume will not be raping zombies in this one. It’s also another production from MTV Films, which just increases my skepticism. And the synopsis… well, see for yourselves:
“Skateland explores the rupture of charismatic Ritchie Wheeler, brother and sister Brent and Michelle Burkham, and wise-cracking lady-killer Kenny Crawford’s seemingly complacent existence as they struggle with the collapse of their tumultuous home lives, the alcohol-induced idling of reckless adolescence, and the wane of their hometown hangout, the local roller rink. A story syncopated with moments of violent turbulence, of heartbreak and of new beginnings, Skateland immerses the audience in the brutal, but beautiful vastness of East Texas blue skies and the emotional claustrophobia of the bible belt. Enveloped by the brooding melodies and incendiary rock riffs of the early 80’s, Skateland is a place where aging values wrestle with contemporary pop culture to create a paradoxical balance between old and new.”
OK, I mean, I guess. It’s a little too impressed with itself. But the trailer looks like it might have some good moments in it, it’s just that the whole doesn’t feel particularly compelling. Anyway, watch and see: