Sociological Movie Review
SLC Punk! is a 1998 movie starring Matthew Lillard, about a young anarchist punk and his best friend. The movie takes place in the 1980s. The movie is narrated by Matthew Lillard's character Stevo, who is looking back on his life and time living in Salt Lake City with his bestfriend Bob, and what it was like and how it felt to be a young punk at that time.
Throughout the movie, Steve-o talks a lot about the relationships that his stereotype, or "tribe" as he calls them in the movie, related to other tribes that were around at that time. The punks' two main enemies were the skinhead-nazis, and most of all the rednecks. The punks hated them because they stood for everything they hated. Anarchists believe in no government or structure, so the idea of nazi fascism and the conservative values of the rednecks started a lot of fights. This aspect of the movie is a good example of how different sociological groups can interact.
Another thing that Stevo discusses a lot in the movie is his own identity as an anarchist punk. Stevo had lived and breathed punk music since he was 13, but after he graduates college and starts to live his life, he is starting to see flaws in his anarchist theories. The life of being a dirty punk and endless parties and debauchery is starting to get old to him, and the monotony of Salt Lake City is starting to depress him. He has trouble deciding if he wants to remain true to anarchy, or if he wants to throw in the towel and attend Harvard Law and become a lawyer. Stevo begins to question himself and his values and wonders if this lifestyle he has been living for so long is the right thing for him anymore. In the end, Stevo ends up becoming a lawyer. This aspect of the movie is a good example of the struggle of growing up and changing, and becoming a functioning member of society.
SLC Punk! is a good movie that brings up many interesting sociological factors, like struggling with one's personal identity within a society, as well as growing up. The message of the movie is that people change, and something that seems like everything to you when you're young could very well make no sense to you when you're old. I would definitely recommend this film.