The first narrative feature from 'THE WOLFPACK' director Crystal Moselle blurs the line between documentary and fiction: the main characters are an actual all-girl skateboarding collective who are playing characters very close to themselves in real life. "Skate Kitchen has plenty to say about the lengths to which young women must go to clear out a little breathing room in testosterone-heavy spaces, but it is first and foremost an irresistible hangout movie." - Variety
Camille, an introverted teenage skateboarder from Long Island, meets and befriends an all-girl, New York City-based skateboarding crew called Skate Kitchen. She falls in with the in-crowd, has a falling-out with her mother, and falls for a mysterious skater boy (Jaden Smith), but a relationship with him proves to be trickier to navigate than a kickflip. Writer/director Crystal Moselle immersed herself in the lives of the skater girls and worked closely with them, resulting in the film's authenticity, which combines poetic, atmospheric filmmaking and hypnotic skating sequences. SKATE KITCHEN precisely captures the experience of women in male-dominated spaces and tells a story of a girl who learns the importance of camaraderie and self-discovery. Rated R, 106 minutes.
"One of the more positive depictions of millennial community-building in recent cinema. None of the group’s fancy flips or grinds top the degree to which 'Skate Kitchen' turns its subjects into a fascinating microcosm of American youth." - IndieWire
"Conveys the simple, exhilarating thrill of daring to claim social space, and proceeding to occupy it, with defiance and ecstatic grace." - Washington Post
"Unfailingly compassionate to, and genuinely appreciative of, the people it chronicles." - New York Times
"Moselle believes in the power of girls. The friendships through which Camille learns how to be loved become the anguish that breaks her heart and the forgiveness that humbly heals her." - Globe & Mail
"We see the human body do some remarkable things in 'Skate Kitchen,' but that doesn’t exempt it from the universal indignities and anxieties of early adulthood. Moselle’s movie is an empowering portrait of young women on wheels, but it proves no less surefooted when the wheels come off." - Los Angeles Times
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