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The Tribes of Palos Verdes (2017)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maika Monroe ... Medina
Cody Fern ... Jim
Jennifer Garner ... Sandy
Justin Kirk ... Phil
Noah Silver ... Adrian
Alex Neustaedter ... Alex
Thomas Cocquerel ... Mildew
Milo Gibson ... Chad
Brice Fisher ... Danny
Joely Fisher ... Janet
Elisabeth Röhm ... Kristen (as Elisabeth Rohm)
Alicia Silverstone ... Ava
Stevie Lynn Jones ... Heather
Alex Knost Alex Knost ... Don Edder
Goran Visnjic ... Joe


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?


Tye Sheridan was cast in the lead role but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. See more »

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Gilded gates open to a hollow homelife
1 October 2018 | by troy-boultonSee all my reviews

Strong performances from the core cast save this slow-moving and moody family affair from being irredeemably trite. You've seen this film before, but maybe not this cut of it. Echoing the aesthetic tone and much of the slower interstitial pacing of the 90s thriller Point Break, this coming of age divorce melodrama shines light on the emptiness of the idealised American Dream, showing that money most certainly does not always add richness to one's life. Shadows of evolving tribal bonds flicker on the walls - family, friends, allies, enemies. Who is which? Is blood thicker than water? Is loyalty more important than happiness? Can a morality tale masquerade as a post-modern narrative? Whatever the case may be, Palos Verdes somehow keeps the action, and the answers to these questions, somewhat detached and at arm's length. Despite the decent cast, none of the characters, through all their travails, are sufficiently compelling to be celebrated or mourned.

Not great, but not bad. Worth a watch if you are hard up for something to fill 90 minutes.

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