The Bay Boys, the drug culture and the affluent nature of the Palos Verdes Peninsula will be on the big screen for the world to see in the new movie, “The Tribes of Palos Verdes.”
The movie is based on a novel of the same name and follows a family of four that moves to the Peninsula from Michigan for a fresh start.
The trailer starts off with beautiful shots of the Peninsula: the ocean, beaches, nice homes and spectacular views. It quickly shows the cracking facade of a perfect-looking family through the eyes of teenager Medina, played by Maika Monroe.
When Medina’s father (Justin Kirk) has an affair, her mother (Jennifer Garner) breaks down and her twin brother (Cody Fern) starts using drugs. Medina turns to surfing to escape her family life and is confronted with an exclusive surf community and the so-called Bay Boys, an alleged gang.
The film alludes to a larger theme on the Peninsula: the lives of the people who live there aren’t always as beautiful as the natural environment of the area, says Southbay therapist Greg Allen, who works with struggling families and youth with his non-profit, Freedom4U.
“The reality is that having a higher social economic environment actually leads to more personal problems,” Allen said in an email. “The pressure to succeed and achieve for adults and their kids overwhelms the natural balance of what should happen in the family.”
The film is set to open in theaters and on-demand Dec. 1.