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Film: SLC Punk!
SLC Punk! was a movie made in 1998, mostly about punks in Salt Lake City. Particularly, Stevo, who has recently graduated from college. As the movie progresses, he begins to realize all his friends are starting to grow out of their partying, fighting ways, and eventually figures out that he's growing tired of this lifestyle, which he notes at times seems contradictory.


Provides Examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Bob's father is an insane alcoholic.
  • Adults Are Useless: Anyone above college age is portrayed as either rednecks, or, well... Mark.
    • Or Bob's dad. Stevo's parents are also fairly passive through the whole movie and don't do much about their son being a punk, who's wasting his life.
  • Afraid of Needles: Poor Bob has a freak out at the hospital. Also one of the reasons why "Heroin" Bob is his Ironic Nickname.
  • Alcoholic Parent: As mentioned above, Bob's father.
  • Anarchy Is Chaos: Played straight since Stevo claims that as a punk he's an anarchist, but he calls anarchy chaos - something that isn't exactly what anarchy is about.
  • Ax-Crazy: Mark. Don't take his stuff. Or be in the general area when he thinks so. Actually, just don't go by Mark.
    • Or Bob's dad for that matter. Both have guns.
  • Badass Bookworm: Mike is a skinny guy who dresses like a nerd, but he's the toughest punk in the group.
  • Berserk Button: Mike goes ballistic when he sees his friend Bob being beaten. Also, NEVER STEAL Mark's stuff!
    • When Stevo sees his girlfriend sleeping with that other guy, he flies off the deep end.
  • Book Ends: The first and last scenes in the apartment begin with Stevo waking up Bob. Bob doesn't wake up the second time.
  • The Charmer: It's stated that Eddie is a ladies' man.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Heroin Bob's father. Arguably, Heroin Bob himself.
    • Most of Stevo and Bob's friends appear to be more or less weirdos as well.
  • Coming of Age Story: Stevo being the protagonist of this story.
    • For some of the other punks as well, such as Mike.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Mark's revealed to have had a very traumatic experience. Apparently, he survived a plane crash as a child. Unlike his family, whose body parts he found lying around after the whole ordeal.
    • By the end of the movie it seems Bob has had one as well, since it's gradually revealed that his father was insane and constantly drunk, causing Bob to often run from home, his mother's never even mentioned and he was considered a loser at school. He actually became a punk mostly because he was tired of not having a happy carefree life, like the "cool kids" did, and just wanted to enjoy himself.
  • Death by Irony: Heroin Bob, the man who never did a drug in his life, dies from a drug overdose.
  • Friends with Benefits: Stevo and Sandy's relationship. He doesn't take it well when he sees her sleeping with someone else though...
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Marshall Eriksen is the most hardcore punk in Salt Lake City, and he often hangs out with Roger Davis and Stuart.
  • Hold My Glasses: Mike does this before walking through a mosh pit to keep a friend of his from being beaten to a pulp by the bouncer.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Stevo gives the poseurs shit for "living by lyrics", even though he lives in an apartment with lyrics from The Germs, Black Flag, and other punk bands from the late 70's/early 80's era spray painted on the walls.
  • Important Haircut: At the end of the film, both Stevo and Trish - Bob's girlfriend, are shown to have cut their hair and wear formal attire at Bob's funeral, with Stevo having nearly shaved his head and Trish being almost unrecognizable in her short black hair, compared to the long colorful styles she had throughout the movie. This scene marks the end of Stevo's life as a punk.
  • Ironic Nickname: "Heroin" Bob. Needles scare him to death and mentioning drugs just makes him rant how bad they are for you.
  • Ivy League For Everyone: Stevo's dad sends an application to Harvard for the kid. It is apparently common knowledge between them that Stevo cheated to get through his classes at the community college. Did we mention that it seems all his dad did was sign Stevo's name on an application? Anyway, Stevo is accepted.
    • He attended the University of Utah and it was said in his monolog that he actually studied hard for all his exams. Since he actually made the grades and most parents end up doing most of the college application process for people his age, it wasn't much of an inversion from real life that he got into Harvard Law.
  • Mushroom Samba: Tends to happen to a lot of characters. Most memorable are the scenes with Sean and Stevo.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Eddie. He doesn't mind though.
  • Neo-Nazi Punk Hunter: The main characters have such a distaste for Neo-Nazi punks that they actively go out to find them and beat them up.
  • Nerd Glasses: Mike wears those. He's also the toughest punk you'll see in this movie.
  • Please Wake Up: Stevo has one of these moments when Heroin Bob dies.
    Stevo: Now what am I gonna do for a friend? You're my only friend! Please, wake up now! Please, I'm sorry!
  • No Budget: Just how did they get this made for $600,000 anyway? It has the look of a much-bigger budgeted film.
  • Police Are Useless
  • Rage Against the Reflection: Heroin Bob destroys any mirror that dares show his reflection.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Most of the punks have dyed hair. Stevo plays this straight.

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