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Title:   Thrashin'
Director:   David Winters
Year:   1986
Genre:   Youth Angst in Suburban Hell
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   05.05.07

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Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
05.05.07Netflix So when I watched Suburbia again, I was confused because I could've sworn there was a scene where the kids go to a club and see Freaky Stylee-era Red Hot Chili Peppers play Blackeyed Blonde. But it wasn't there, so I did some IMDb digging and found out that my memory of that was actually from this film. Sure enough, that scene is exactly as I remember it. The rest of the movie isn't though. It's not punk at all... it's drenched in 80s Hollywood depictions of youth culture though. So many poseurs, especially held up to Suburbia. I'd love to see some weird alternate reality film where the Suburbia kids somehow show up in venice and kick the everloving crap out of the Thrashin' kids with their pansy black leather jackets and skate-or-die graffitti. Seriously, as a movie this is even inferior to the roller blading knock-off movie Airborne. I guess it gets points for being first though...

Um... so it's Romeo and Juliet grafted onto the 80s LA skate scene where a good-guy group of valley guys go against the punky ruffians of Venice. Except the ruffians say lines like "well that look happens to be stylin' so you don't know what you're talking about." I mean, maybe the disenfranchised youth of 86 really talked like that but... no.

I shouldn't really fault this movie for not being authentic though. It's so potently 80s that nothing else really matters. I mean how can you hate a movie with dialogue like this?

-What do you thrash?
-What have you got?
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