For around the first 20 minutes, this debut fiction feature from Crystal Moselle (The Wolfpack) flirts with greatness, before an unfortunate narrative detour leaves it in the enviable position of being merely really good. Camille (Rachelle Vinberg) is an 18-year-old living with her single mother in Long Island, spending her summer days skateboarding alone—until she finds a posse of other girl skaters via social media, and ventures into the city to connect with her tribe. Moselle brilliantly constructs the male-dominated skate world that frustrates Camille, and Vinberg’s performance is rich with the giddiness of discovering true friendship, as the director complements the character work with a dizzyingly fluid way of capturing these women in exhilarating perpetual motion. It’s disappointing then, that the story detours to focus on Camille’s crush on her grocery store co-worker (Jaden Smith), generating an internal countdown clock to when the inevitable “chicks before dicks” drama will commence. Still, there’s a wealth of visual imagination on display, and a strong exploration of someone deciding if she wants to be one of the guys, one of the girls, or just herself.
Director: Crystal Moselle
Producer: Crystal Moselle, Lizzie Nastro, Julia Nottingham and Izabella Tzenkova
Cast: Rachelle Vinberg, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Jaden Smith, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Kabrina Adams and Ajani Russell