Thrashin’ (1986)
1986 Film Fest , Movies / 22nd April 2018

Title: Thrashin’ Summary: Two skateboarding gangs “battle” each other for supremacy and it’s complicated by romance. That’s basically it. Someone on the internet actually likened this to “West Side Story on skateboards”. I don’t think so. Tagline: Hot! Reckless! Totally Insane! (I find it hilarious anyone would find this film ‘hot’.) Note: I watched this for the first time probably somewhere around 2009? So I have a general memory of it. Initial Thoughts: Skateboarding was still a huge thing when I was a child, mostly because it was starting to be taken seriously and tricks/stunts were getting a lot more complicated. So Hollywood attempted to cash in on it by making a movie about it. A lot of the “extreme” (read: for the time) sports/activities in the 1980s had films made about them: BMX bikes, there’s probably a dirt bike movie I don’t know about, break dancing, flash dancing, dirty dancing… Wait, Dirty Dancing is set in the 60s, right? (No, I have never actually seen it.) (YOU CAN’T MAKE ME.) Originally Johnny Depp was set to play Cory, since he was conveniently dating Sherilyn Fenn at the time, but because he was Johnny Depp and on 21 Jump Street…