Monday, January 12, 2015

Thrashin' A.K.A. Skate Gang (1986)

An American sports action drama directed by David Winters, starring Josh Brolin, featuring skaters Tony Alva, Tony Hawk, Christian Hosoi and Steve Caballero.
A young man visits his skater friends to participate in a skateboarding competition. A rival skate gang decides not to like them, but the main character falls in love with the rival gang leader's sister.
It's a little bit like Romeo and Juliet on skateboards mixed with Rad (1986). The skating is very dated and there are some signature '80s moves that are no longer performed like the hand sliding downhill move. The style was classic '80s like I like, which basically made the movie. I have to question what age group this was targeted for because of the sex scene, driving and dangerous sporting activities, but also the ambiguous age of the characters, lack of jobs and "notes from mom" in the beginning. Teenage sex, mace jousting and skating with a broken arm would not be things to show younger, more impressionable viewers. The camera-work was actually good, as they got many creative angles to shoot the skateboarders (my favorite photography subject). Overall, I think it's worth watching if you like '80s flicks. I rate it good.

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