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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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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 »

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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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Cruel and Real
4 December 2017 | by BasicLogicSee all my reviews

This is a very good movie, people and characters in it are all look real. The broken marriages to so many families nowadays in almost every country of the world not only affected so many husbands and wives but also seriously messed up their children. America's social infrastructure is like a broken and shattered glass, so many broken families, so many toilet relationships, so many twisted hardship that kids have to deal with their parents' bad marriage. America has become a weird family tree, its branches and leaves so complicated, either the wives carried their kids to new marriage, or the husbands brought their kids from his first, second or even 3rd marriage to newest wives, while their newer wives or husbands also got their own kids from their former marriages. More divorces simply complicated the family tree's growth and burdened it to unknown, unpredictable and unfathomable abyss. Kids growing up from such broken families many have twisted views almost to everything that ensured them to repeat the same or similar situations of their own marriages, their relationship to their opposite gender. They would become a bad copy of their parents and usually, the 2nd or the 3rd copy will be always worse than its 1st edition.

This is a very cruel but up close and personal film that I could hardly be able to watch to the end. I pity the three young children from two different broken families. The hardships they have to deal with 24/7 are so cruel and unbearable. I felt so sad while watching it and couldn't resist thinking of my elder son's broken marriage, and the grandson jammed in between his mother and father. The hardship my son has to deal with everyday is beyond every word could be described.

This film is just too cruel to watch.....

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