Owen Gleiberman
May 18, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Skateland

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
94 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/13/11
performer
Shiloh Fernandez, Ashley Greene
distributor
Freestyle Releasing
genre
Drama

We gave it an B-

Like a prequel to 2009’s Adventureland, this ripely nostalgic coming-of-age tale is set in 1983 in small-town Texas, where 19-year-old Ritchie (Shiloh Fernandez) manages a roller-boogie rink — and loves it. That’s why he doesn’t want to grow up. The director, Anthony Burns, catches the flavor of the ’80s just before its defining pop culture (MTV, John Hughes) really kicked in. The film hinges on too many conventional crises (a car accident, a divorce), but the fact that Burns is better at atmosphere than story isn’t all bad. B?

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