Synopsis: Forced to give up his dreams of art school, Zach spends his days working a dead-end job and helping his needy sister care for her son. In his free time he surfs, draws and hangs out with his best friend, Gabe, who lives on the wealthy side of town. When Gabe's older brother, Shaun, returns home, he is drawn to Zach's selflessness and talent. Zach falls in love with Shaun while struggling to reconcile his own desires with the needs of his family.
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Director(s): Jonah Markowitz
Production: Regent Releasing
  11 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min


Hey, Zach.

What's up, Cody?

Papi's sleeping.

I can tell.

- Don't play with these, ok?

- Ok.

These are for grandpa.


Dad, wake up.

Wake up.

Take these.

Did you do your stretches today, dad?

- Hey, Cody.

- Hey, Mom.

How you doing, kiddo?

Did you get the cigarettes?


Hey, Zach.

What's up, sis?

Change of plans.

Can you take Cody?

I've got a shift and then I was gonna go see Gabe

before he leaves town.

But I gotta take dad home and Allen called and I'm

supposed to meet up with him later.

I could leave him with dad...

Cody. let's go for a ride.

Thank you.

- Can I drive?

- Come on dad, I'll give you a ride back to yours.

Sure, go get her started.


Table 5!

I told you. I can't close up today.

Derell's not here yet.

You're stuck, kid.

This is a diner, Picasso.

Not the Louvre.

Come on! People are waiting.

Finally, man!

I've gotta go.

Cody, let's jet.

Yo, Gabe!

Hey hey, the Gabester!

You're learning to skate I see.

I've got Cody in the car so let's go.

Baby on board, huh?

- I'm taking you to the lot, right?

- Yeah, cool.

Hey you should come up to S.B.

Wouldn't hurt to get some

pussy you didn't get in high school.

You and Tori broke it off, right?


"Sort of"...

Dude... he's five.

He's sleeping.

No I'm not!

You are a sly one.

Yeah he likes to pretend

he's sleeping.

Go figure.

That smells like Allen's cigarette.

How's Allen?

Jeanne's boyfriend.

Of the week...

Why don't you try and go to

Santa Barbara Community College?

You can crash at our house until

you get your own place.

At least get the f*ck out of San Pedro.

I don't think the whole student thing

is gonna happen right now.

Why? Because you didn't get into that

Art Institute place?

- Go somewhere else

- "Art Institute place"...

Whatever, it's alright.

That scholarship was my ticket...

Well you are the king of scholarships.

Got me into your ritchie rich private school.

On the shore bus every day.

Rich f*ck.

F*ck you, ghetto trash.

You ever declare a major?

Larry said I should go for Communications.


What does that mean?

It means I'm set, dude.

Larry's gonna set me up with something at his firm.

So I can go back and get some more.

partying out of my system.

Move back here, buy a couple suits.

Start making some real cash.

You could have the same life if you wanted.

- Alright man.

- Alright dude. Come up and hang out soon ok?


No, I mean it this time.

You've been up once. That shit aint right.

Look, I'll get you a plane ticket

Or just get in the car and drive.

- Cool?

- Ok.

Code-man. Keep it real, play boy.

- Promise?

- Yeah.

Ok, ok, go...

Gotta pee, gotta pee...

- Hey.

- Hey.

I'm gonna go out for a session.

No, I thought you were staying.

I went shopping.

And I invited Ellen over.


I heard you're an eligible bachelor.

Not that you would ever tell me.

If you keep breaking up with Tori like that

one of these times she's not coming back.

Jeanne, Jeanne, come in Jeanne.

Cody to Jeanne.

Cody, I don't wanna play right now.

Just watch the TV.

Listen, I'm heading out. It's breaking hard.

- Zach...

- Later, Codes.

When did you draw this one?

A long time ago.

My mom used to work here

just like yours.

So sometimes I would just

wait out here...

and draw.

Here, I'll show you how.

Go around there...

Here, now you just fill it in.

Want the silver?

Who would wait with you?


When you drew these.


What about Papi?

Well he was very hurt from when he fell

and broke his back at work.

He's your daddy.


And you're my daddy.

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