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The Tribes of Palos Verdes (2017)

R | | Drama | 1 December 2017 (USA)
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When the situation at her idyllic Palos Verdes home turns volatile, young Medina attempts to surf her way to happiness.


Karen Croner (screenplay by), Joy Nicholson (based on the novel by)
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Credited cast:
Maika Monroe ... Medina Mason
Cody Fern ... Jim
Jennifer Garner ... Sandy Mason
Justin Kirk ... Phil Mason
Noah Silver ... Adrian
Brice Fisher ... Danny
Milo Gibson ... Chad
Stevie Lynn Jones ... Heather
Natalie Loren Kwatinetz ... Gina (as Natalie Loren)
Alex Neustaedter ... Alex
Scott Thomas Reynolds ... Rick
Sarah Schroeder-Matzkin ... Kiki
Kaili Thorne ... Cami
Amber Townsend ... Amber
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tacey Adams ... Expert


When the Mason family moves to idyllic Palos Verdes, Calif., the father, Phil, loves it but the mother, Sandy, feels out of place among the fake tans and tennis skirts. Phil and Sandy's daughter, Medina, is a loner and outcast at school, while her charismatic brother, Jim, is effortlessly popular. When Medina and Jim take up surfing, they must prove their right to share the waves with the tough Bayboys gang that monopolizes their stretch of beach.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use, language throughout and some sexual content | See all certifications »






Release Date:

1 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Tribos de Palos Verdes See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$796, 3 December 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,651, 14 December 2017
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Saoirse Ronan was attached to play Medina in 2010. See more »

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Same sad story - just a different city
29 January 2018 | by pinkbeautybasketSee all my reviews

I think the reviewer David Ferguson said it perfectly in his review, "Since there is always "trouble in paradise", perhaps living in paradise shouldn't even be a life goal." LOL - I frequently wonder the very same thing. I work in a family lawfirm in Manhattan Beach, CA. Over 30 years, I've met a lot of families, have seen their multi-million dollar homes, the way they make and spend their money, listen to them cry or complain about their infidelities, etc. This is just another sad story of a family going to s**t as the result of drugs, alcohol, abuse, infidelity, emotional issues. If you want to get sad or more depressed - watch this movie. If you want to be happy - watch a comedy or a movie about a family that works together through s**t - a man who is there for his wife and not running into another woman's arms (what happened to "through sickness and health"); parents taking charge and acting proactively in raising their kids (not leaving the child rearing to the nanny).

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