The Skateboard Kid
|The Skateboard Kid|
|File:Skateboard Kid Movie Cover.jpg|
|Directed by||Larry Swerdlove|
|Produced by||Roger Corman|
|Written by||Gary Stuart Kaplan|
|Cinematography||Don E. Fauntleroy|
The Skateboard Kid is a 1993 comedy film produced by Roger Corman.
The film opens with a crew of skateboarders led by Ham (Jonathan Pekar) who skate over to the local chicken wing restaurant to cause a little mischief. One of the members of Ham's crew hooks a spool up to the back of a police car that belongs to the Sheriff (Lee McLaughlin). Ham goes up to the chicken mascot (who was advertising the chicken wings) and steals its head. Seeing this, Sheriff tries to start his car but the spool coasts down the hill and crashes into the rear bumper.
The film cuts to a beach sidewalk in California where Zack and his buddies are skating. A car with a UHAUL box strapped to the roof pulls into the parking lot. The car is driven by Zack's father Frank (Timothy Busfield) who honks the horn. It's revealed that Zack and his dad are moving. Zack waves goodbye to his friends and hops into the car. While driving to their new hometown, Frank's car was surrounded by Ham's crew. Frank was trying to read the map that he has but then realizes that he has the wrong map. Ham (who was wearing the chicken head that he stole) goes in front of the car. Zack tells his dad to hit the brakes but Ham gets hit by the car. Zack, Frank and the other skaters crowded around Ham. Zack asks why did Ham had to cross the road like that to which Burger (Lee Velazquez) replies "To get to the other side you barney" (a reference to the joke). Ham cluckes like a chicken and gets up. Frank, realizing it was a prank, asks for directions after Zack tells Ham that he was laughing until Ham took the chicken head off causing Ham's crew to act like they didn't expect that. Ham and the others, including Snake (Kai Lennox), act as if they ever heard of Mill Creak. While they were doing that, a member of Ham's crew loosens the UHAUL box. After they leave Zack and Frank behind, Zack and his dad get back into their car. But when Frank turned the car right, the UHAUL box that was loosened earlier flies off into the dirt. The movie follows Zack and his father adjusting to life in Mill Creek, with his dad helping film a commercial for a local car dealership.
The film then transitions to Ham's crew bullying Jenny by withholding her bike from her, until Zack comes by on his skateboard and accidentally knocks into Ham which knocks him down. Ham, the antagonist at this point, snaps at Zack and promises to pay him back or something slightly threatening. Zack runs away from the skateboard gang and ends up at a used-car lot where his dad is filming a commercial for the owner, Big Dan Tanner, and Ham frames Zack by knocking over a scarecrow like a set of dominoes. It's revealed that Ham is Big Dan's son. After that incident, Sally (the man who sprayed water on Big Dan) picked up Zack and takes him to the house. Sally then nearly trips over Zack's skateboard and literally punches it in half. As Zack stares at his now broken skateboard, Maggie comes out of the house and talks to Zack. It turns out that Maggie is Jenny's mother. Zack then helps Maggie with a little housecleaning while Maggie talks to a construction worker talking about the electricity in her house. Zack fixes the electricity in her house and kills her pet fish by having the construction worker drink it. Then Maggie gives Zack an old skateboard and explains to Zack that this skateboard once belonged to a man named The Amazing Franco a crazy old man who used to own a magic book store in Mill Creek. Zack then went back to his house where he enters the shed and makes some modifications to his new board. That night during a rainstorm, a bolt of lightning hits Zack's modified skateboard and it comes alive (voiced by Dom Deluise).
The next day at Ham's skate hangout, the crew was enjoying a session on the big quarterpipes and the spine transfer mini ramp. Ham calls for a lunch break and he and his crew head over to the table to get some grub. Meanwhile, Zack riding Rip was cruising through town until the two of them arrived at the hangout where Ham is located. Ham wonders what was making that noise outside. A member of Ham's crew goes to check. Zack was starting the weed wacker engine he installed on Rip. The member goes back inside and tells Ham "Eagle-urp". Ham and his crew start to head outside where Zack finally got the engine running. He steps onto Rip but Rip heads inside the building. The crew sees this and sprints back in the opposite direction. Zack and Rip skate around the hangout while the skaters dodge him.
The movie ends with Frank marrying Maggie and Dan being down in the dumps.
During the credits, Trashkittens perform their song "Hard to Find".
- Trevor Lissauer as Zack
- Timothy Busfield as Frank
- Bess Armstrong as Maggie
- Cliff DeYoung as Big Dan
- Rick Dean as Earl
- Dom DeLuise as Rip (voice)
- Shanelle Workman as Jenny
- Jonathan Pekar as Ham
- Lee McLaughlin as Sheriff
- Kai Lennox as Snake
- Lee Velazquez as Burger
- Gerry Lock as Sally
A sequel, titled The Skateboard Kid 2, was released in 1995.
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