Tomorrow’s New Film Releases: Highlights
Skateland dir. Anthony Burns
Skateland is yet another Sundance selection set in the ’80s. This coming-of-age drama tells the story of a group of friends in a small Texas town, and as the title indicates, one of them works at a skating rink. The characters are in that period in their lives when they’re forced to consider what they’re doing and where they’re going. The film immediately recalls George Lucas’s classic American Graffitti from 1973, which similarly detailed the trials of a group of friends on the brink of adulthood (or collegehood…which is obviously different). Lucas’s film also evoked nostalgia for another era; the New Hollywood classic was set in the early ’60s. My instincts tell me that Skateland is probably kind of fun to watch and maybe a little bit charming, but in the end it doesn’t seem to have anything profound to offer.
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