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SLC Punk

SLC Punk

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Director: James Merendino

Cast: Matthew Lillard, Michael A. Goorjian, Annabeth Gish


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What's it like being the only punk rockers in the biggest Mormon community in the world? Stevo (Matthew Lillard) and Heroin Bob (Michael Goorjian) provide the answer to this and other questions in SLC Punk. Stevo and Bob (whose name is actually an ironic reference to his fear of needles) are two friends fresh out of college who sport mohawks and blue hair,


What's it like being the only punk rockers in the biggest Mormon community in the world? Stevo (Matthew Lillard) and Heroin Bob (Michael Goorjian) provide the answer to this and other questions in SLC Punk. Stevo and Bob (whose name is actually an ironic reference to his fear of needles) are two friends fresh out of college who sport mohawks and blue hair, listen to hardcore and try to live up to their own anarchist ideals while figuring out what to do with their lives. Which wouldn't make them unusual in New York or Los Angeles, but they're fish out of water in Salt Lake City, Utah, where they drink beer, chase women and pick fights with "rednecks" along side a mixed bag of metalheads, hippies, hicks and posers who are fellow outcasts in the most clean-cut community in America. In the midst of all this, Stevo's dad hopes his son will follow in his footsteps and study law at Harvard; while Stevo surprisingly has the grades, he's not sure if he wants to go. Featuring a soundtrack of mid-80's punk from The Ramones, Minor Threat, The Dead Kennedys and others, SLC Punk was chosen as the opening-night feature at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.

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All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
One of the better entries in the '80s-as-nostalgia genre, SLC Punk is more structured, and thus more conventional, than many of its alternative-lifestyle predecessors. The film's strong points are Matthew Lillard's fine lead performance as Steveo and the convincing sense of time and place evoked by writer/director James Merendino. What doesn't work is the predictability of the plot. Fans of Trainspotting, in particular, will be able to guess at least two of the surprises as the story develops. Nor does the film begin to reach the punk heights of Sid and Nancy, though it does cleverly use references to the Sex Pistols as comedic fodder. Perhaps because it's so comparatively structured for the subject matter it covers, SLC Punk has a surprising lack of stylistic flair. On the other hand, the film benefits from underplaying the contrast between the punk lifestyle and the Mormon-dominated culture of Salt Lake City, UT. Overall this is a good film, with interesting characters and strong use of location, but it doesn't quite climb to classic status.

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Sony Pictures
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Sony PSP

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew Lillard Stevo
Michael A. Goorjian Bob
Annabeth Gish Trish
Jennifer Lien Sandy
Christopher McDonald Father
Devon Sawa Sean
Summer Phoenix Brandy
Til Schweiger Mark
Adam Pascal Eddie
Jason Segel Mike
James Duval John The Mod
Chiara Barzini Jennifer
Kevin Breznahan Chris

Technical Credits
James Merendino Director,Screenwriter
Douglas Cameron Sound/Sound Designer
Jan de Bont Executive Producer
Katrina Fernandez Associate Producer
Fiora Costumes/Costume Designer
Risa Bramon Garcia Casting
Randi Hiller Casting
Andrea Kreuzhage Executive Producer
Greg Littlewood Cinematographer
Charlotte Malmlof Production Designer
Sam Maydew Producer
Melanie Miller Score Composer
Michael Peyser Executive Producer
Esther P. Russell Editor
Glenn Salloum Associate Producer
Peter Ward Producer


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SLC Punk 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Yea.. ok... so here goes... This movie is the best because not only is Matthew Lilard hot... but so are the other actors in this movie. It owns. So you should really see this movie because it's funny n stuff. SO GO SEE IT! WOO!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is incredible. The powerful storyline is one to strike a few chords with anyone who has lived or is living a ''punk'' life. My friends and I watch this movie religiously. You laugh, you cry, it brings people together. What more could you ask of a movie?
Guest More than 1 year ago
SLC Punk is down to earth, real, and while it entertains you with it's humor, it keeps you in check with the dramatics. A good ending, puts everything in perspective and makes for a fantastic show that everyone should see at least once, if not more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is excellent. even if you're not into punk, you'll fall in love with the whole idea of what being punk is all about, especially considering the movie is based in a place as consevative as UTah. Heroin Bob is one of the coolest characters in any movie anywhere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
slc punk is ''THE BEST MOVIE IN THE WORLD!'' nothing else can compare. The very hot down to earth characters are like a male version of me and my best friend. with their anarchist speeches and their logical opinions stevo and bob are by far the best characters. this movie is the only REAL punk movie but it is also the BEST movie so if you don't like it you're a douche.
Guest More than 1 year ago
SLC Punk is an awesome movie that shows how punks actually think. It shows we aren't just braindead people that just say stuff about the government cause have nothing else to say. The clothes worn in it very well thought out, and not poseur at all and the actors did a great job of playing real, hardcore punkers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was funny, realistic to an extent, and it had some pretty hott guys in it. What else do you want in a movie?!.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although i have to disagree with those who say that this movie is the ''perfect punk movie,'' it was what i consider an amazing movie. The characters are great, the plot is different, and the outcome of the movie hits home for many, including myself. I am no ''punk'' in any sense of the word, but this movie is not really about that. It presents a view on life and the story of how that view changes/grows as the main character goes through life. A good movie to leave you thinking when you are done watching it, and def. a movie to see more than once. Good stuff...
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can I say about this movie that hasn't already been said by all the other reviews except that this movie 'gave me hope.' I am a 'different looking' person, in fact my friends all told me that I look just like Herion Bob. Nice thing to say. So I am treated here in my hometown like I am up to no good all the time. Plus my beloved dog just died and I'm very low. I was in the store and asked the universe to point out something for me to watch that would lift my spirits. I opened my eyes and was looking right at 'SLC Punk.' So I bought it and went home, alone and watched it. I laughed, cried, thought about life and then some all within it's beautiful journey. It made me feel not so alone because the story was being told by people who look/act like me and yet it's a story about EVERYBODY. See this movie. Share this movie. Let it give you 'hope' as well. Plus check out the Soundtrack, one of the bests!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was great.. lots of hot guys with mohawks and lots of other cool people....this movie also has an awsome story behind it too
Guest More than 1 year ago
Upon seeing this film a second time, I was struck by its brilliant humor, original cinematography, and unparalleled acting. Truly an independent film classic. Worthy of ownership, I'd venture say.
Guest More than 1 year ago
alright heres the deal, this movie was great, very interesting plot, very well developed characters, and strong acting preformances from actors who arent considered ''a-list.'' the only flaw is that it can get confusing with all the parallel editing. most of all this movie isnt about anarchy or punk rock its about life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's about anarchy in Salt lake city, man. And teaches you stuff that you'll think is cool
Guest More than 1 year ago
i give it 5 stars to this movie. its great. good music as well from the greats such as suicide machines. if you love punk rock. the real stuff this is a must see
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was great! you can never watch it too many times. it had a good point to it and has a valuable meaning. it discusses the real issues that ''real punks'' face and think about. and has a good twist to it at the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say, I was hesitant to move to Utah back in March of 2000. Heard lots of warnings, 'you will never get a job looking like that; they won't listen to you; you'll be treated like an outsider, no way you'll make it'. I must say, I have had the BEST time of my life living here. I have met the best friends, found the scene, always have a show to go to. People are always gonna stare at something that they aren't used to. SLC Punks shows the viewer,, give up your individual likes/dislikes, and cave in to Mr. Biz. Well, If you feel that you have to go that route, go for it. I arrived in Utah in 2000 with my thoughts, pink and green hair, and became the most valued Security Agent in Utah. I left that job for moral issues, and now am a manager of one of the largest Beauty Supply Companies in the US. All with my piercings, tatts, and attitude. Guess that some Utahn's are ok with it, just gotta show them that we can do it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
SLC Punk is by far my favorite movie ever. Matthew Lillard does an excellent job with it. If your a Matthew Lillard fan I recommend this movie. Matthew Lillard FOREVER!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just saw this movie and I absolutely loved it. I thought it was fun to watch, yet it had a real story with an actual point. Personally, I found that I could relate and had a feeling of understanding. I would deffinately recommend seeing this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Poseurs are people that look like punks, but they did it for fashion. And they were fools, they'd say, ''Anarchy in the UK''. See? Poseurs. What good is that to those of us in Utah, America? You don't live your life by lyrics.'' (just a little sumthing to think about when watching the best movie ever!!) SLC PUNK is the all time, most kick A$$ movie!!!!!!!!!!!! if you have not seen it yet, whut the H**L are you wating for!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
my favorite part was the speech on the 'anarchy in the UK' posers. That must have been, like, written out of my head. I thoroughly enjoyed this film and rate it w/ 5 stars
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Steve-o incredibly hot through out the whole movie might i say.. is not only a hard core punk but has a soft side for his friend heroin bob ( who doesn't do heroin..) this describes the softer side of all us anarchist punks out there ''destroying government property with a kind hearted smile'' :0) This is life in the SLC one of the biggest freakin Mormon towns in the freakin world. Someone has to be different. Slipknot fans and Brittany spear er's stay away this is too much punk for one little poser.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You all really need to get this movie. It is the best movie I have ever seen! YEAH PUNK ROCK!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was great! Jason Segel is so awesome! Oh and that Matthew Lilard is the best actor in the world...