(2018) (Sunny Suljic, Katherine Waterston) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A 13-year-old boy growing up in mid-1990s Southern California gets in with a group of older skateboarders to escape his troubled home life.
- Stevie (SUNNY SULJIC) is a directionless 13-year-old boy who lives with his single mother, Dabney (KATHERINE WATERSTON), and violent, ill-tempered older brother, Ian (LUCAS HEDGES). He craves connection and fun and falls in with a group of mostly older skateboarders who live carefree, smoke, drink, party, and talk nonsense all day long.
These boys include: Ray (NA-KEL SMITH), who has the skills to possibly become a professional skateboarder; F*cksh*t (OLAN PRENATT), the group's ill-nicknamed ne'er-do-well who just wants to live in the moment each day; Fourth Grade (RYDER McLAUGHLIN), who comes from an extremely poor family and dreams of being a filmmaker; and Ruben (GIO GALICIA), who is closest to Stevie's age and comes from a home of abuse and drugs. They take Stevie in, for the most, and he proves himself with a crazy skateboard stunt that nearly kills him.
But petty jealousies threaten to unravel the small circle. F*cksh*t can feel Ray may be on the verge of moving on. Ruben gets jealous that Stevie immediately surpasses him with the older boys. And Fourth Grade can't seem to say anything right. Meanwhile, Stevie gets punched on by his older brother; has a first-time sexual encounter with an older girl, Estee (ALEXA DEMIE); and his mother tries her best to be a good parent, even though she has no husband and still sees a succession of men.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Teens may be attracted to its young cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For pervasive language, sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and some violent behavior/disturbing images -- all involving minors.
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