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Ashley Green (Twilight saga) and Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood) co-star in this powerful coming-of-age drama that took the film festival circuit by storm.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
3 out of 5
2 out of 5
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5

Lots of teen smoking, drinking in so-so coming-of-age drama.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this teen coming-of-age drama set in a small Texas town in the early 1980s includes many scenes of partying and teen drinking (mostly beer, but some hard liquor as well), as well as heavy cigarette smoking and a scene of pot smoking. Language is infrequent but fairly strong -- including "s--t" and "a--hole," in addition to some homosexual slurs. There's kissing and some sex, but no nudity is shown. There are also some bullies and fighting. The movie has several female characters who are beginning to assert their identities, but it also treats many other women as objects. The movie isn't particularly good, but some of the actors come from the Twilight franchise, so teens may be interested.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the smoking and drinking in the movie. Are they glamorized? What are the real-life consequences for both?
  • Some of the female characters appear to be asserting their own personalities, but other women are treated as objects or stereotypes. What's the movie's view of women?
  • Why is it so hard to leave a small town to take your first big step in life? What are the pros and cons of small-town life -- both in reality and in movies/TV shows?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 10
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: 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.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, May 20, 2011

Fresh: 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.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, June 16, 2011

Rotten: Though noticeably lacking in originality, Anthony Burns' low-key directorial debut skates by on the charms of its hazy wistfulness and a likable cast.

- Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, Friday, May 13, 2011

Audience Reviews

3 stars

The backdrop of Skateland might be its best atribute. Its a young adult story of a period in the transition into adulthood. Imagine "Dazed and Confused" bu turning the dial from comedy to a drama. Not the greatest movie but much better than the critics think.

- HeroPK, Wednesday, December 21, 2011

1 star

Skateland started off flat & just stayed there from beginning to end.At times it was downright boring & I can't figure out why I watched the whole thing when there was an off button on the remote.Maybe I was thinking something exciting would happen & the movie would get better after a certain point but it never does.Skateland is a movie that's not worth watching unless you can watch it for free

- dukeakasmudge, Thursday, December 22, 2011

2 stars

I liked the concept of this movie, but it was overall very boring and bland. It a few good moments.

- dreaminginstereo, Sunday, January 22, 2012