Instead of adhering to the norms of their South Central neighborhood, a group of skater boys opt to bus into Hollywood and Beverly Hills, where they attract local rich girls - and plenty of...
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A story centered on a directionless 16-year-old living in Marfa, Texas and his relationships with his girlfriend, his neighbor, his teacher, a newly arrived local artist, and a local Border Patrol officer.
Jeremy St. James
Instead of adhering to the norms of their South Central neighborhood, a group of skater boys opt to bus into Hollywood and Beverly Hills, where they attract local rich girls - and plenty of trouble with the police, jealous boyfriends, and nervous parents. Written by
only "authentic" as far as the boys are concerned.
I was uncomfortable with the way that this film portrays female characters. Every female in the movie, from 14 year girls on up to 50 year old women, is portrayed one-dimensionally as a predator preying on the film's starring gang of young teenage boys. I understand throwing in one or two characters like this perhaps to make some kind of point about the way that teenage girls have internalized their own intense sexualization by contemporary society, but ALL of the female characters? I found this very problematic and sad for young women especially. It gave me the sense that the movie was turning these boys into victim heroes at the expense of women (along with all the other race and class forces arrayed against the boys). I am sure that the girls growing up in the South Central neighborhood where these boys hail from are going through as many or more struggles as the boys. A truly "authentic portrayal" will represent that, instead of portraying women of all classes as predatory, promiscuous creatures without any other facets to their characters.
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