Lords of Dogtown

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2005

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Director:
Catherine Hardwicke
Released:
2005
Rating:
PG-13

Lords of Dogtown is a 2005 drama about a group of California teenagers who revolutionized the sport of skateboarding. It is closely based on the 2001 documentary, Dogtown and Z-boys. In the early 1970s, a group of young boys spend most of their time surfing and skateboarding in the Dogtown section of Santa Monica. Their lives change dramatically one day when they are formed into a skating team by local impresario, Skip Engblom (Heath Ledger). Three boys immediately rise to the top as the best skateboarders in the group: Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk), Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch) and Stacy Peralta (John Robinson). During a particularly dry summer in California, the city forbids people to fill their swimming pools. Skateboarding in the empty pools, the boys accidentally create what is essentially the modern sport of skateboarding. As fame and money begin to change the boys' lives, they must fight to preserve the bond that initially brought them together.

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    teen angst, ensemble cast, cultural phenomenon, adrenaline junkies, the underdog