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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Robinson ... Stacy

Emile Hirsch ... Jay

Rebecca De Mornay ... Philaine

William Mapother ... Donnie

Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Mr. Alva

Victor Rasuk ... Tony

Nikki Reed ... Kathy Alva

Heath Ledger ... Skip

Vincent Laresca ... Chino

Brian Zarate ... Montoya

Pablo Schreiber ... Stecyk

Elden Henson ... Billy Z

Michael Angarano ... Sid
Mitch Hedberg ... Urethane Wheels Guy

Benjamin Nurick ... Browser
Stephanie Limb ... Peggy Oki
Mike Ogas ... Bob Biniak
Cheyne Magnusson ... Jim 'Red Dog' Muir
Don Nguyen ... Shogo

Melonie Diaz ... Blanca

Mark Kubr ... Donnie's Friend

Rene Rivera ... Mr. Peralta (as René Rivera)

Chad Fernandez ... Reef Ryan
Jim Muir ... Security Guard (as Jim 'Red Dog' Muir)

Chris Chaput ... Russ Howell

Matt Malloy ... Contest Official
Jack Smith ... Del Mar Announcer
Steve Badillo ... Ty Page
Bill Cusack ... Del Mar Judge

Kirk Ward ... Bill Bahne

Eddie Cahill ... Larry Gordon

Laura Ramsey ... Gabrielle
Sarah Blakley-Cartwright ... Vickie (as Sarah Blakely-Cartwright)
Bob Biniak ... Restaurant Manager
Eric 'Tuma' Britton ... Marty Grimes

Chuck Hosack ... Irate Husband (as Chuck Hosak)

Chelsea Hobbs ... Caroline
Reid Harper ... Lookout Boy

Paulette Ivory ... Magazine Reporter

America Ferrera ... Thunder Monkey

Sofía Vergara ... Amelia (as Sofia Vergara)

Johnny Knoxville ... Topper Burks

Raphael Verela ... Topper's Bodyguard

Jay Adams ... Party Guest

Ned Bellamy ... Peter Darling

Tony Alva ... Oregon Man at Party

Charles Napier ... Nudie

Joe Virzi ... Capitola Race Starter
Skip Engblom ... Seattle Race Starter

Stacy Peralta ... TV Director

Daniel Venegas ... Vato

Tony Hawk ... Astronaut

Joel McHale ... TV Reporter

Bai Ling ... Punky Photographer

Shea Whigham ... Drake Landon
Lucas Gasperik ... Jay Clone
Ray Flores ... Long Beach Announcer

Benjamin Anderson ... Long Beach Judge

Alexis Arquette ... Tranny
Travis Peterson ... Young Surfer
Rebeca Silva ... Sid's Nurse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Noah Abrams ... Agent (uncredited)

William Alva ... Stoned Surfer (uncredited)
Jeffrey G. Barnett ... Val (uncredited)

Leslie Berger ... Cashier (uncredited)

Jeremiah Bitsui ... Cholo (uncredited)

David Burden ... Magazine Photographer (uncredited)
Shelley Burkard ... Topper's Girlfriend 2 (uncredited)

Arnold Chun ... Magazine Photographer (uncredited)
Christopher Estes ... G&S Team Skater (uncredited)

Eric Gerleman ... Restaurant Manager (uncredited)
Sean Goodman ... Santa Cruz Team Rider (uncredited)

Mary Grace ... Hippie Girl (uncredited)

Julie Marie Hassett ... Featured Pregnant Woman (uncredited)
Ricky Hausz ... Party Friend (uncredited)

Noël John Howard ... Infinity Skate Team (uncredited)

Emmanuel Howell ... Skateboarder (uncredited)

Reef Karim ... Dr. Angelo Gamboa (uncredited)

Joe Koons ... Groupie #2 (uncredited)

Samantha Lockwood ... Topper's Girlfriend 1 (uncredited)
Tia Marrie ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Allie McCulloch ... Party Girl (uncredited)
Jason David McFadden ... Pimp at Gas Station (uncredited)
Tim McIlrath ... Singer (uncredited)

Dax McKeever ... Security (uncredited)
DeWalt Mix ... G&S Team Skater (uncredited)

Marat Oyvetsky ... Punk Rocker (uncredited)
Tom Peha ... Alva Skate Team (uncredited)

Camilla Rantsen ... Lotje Alva (uncredited)

Jeremy Renner ... Jay Adams Manager (uncredited)
Jane Schmidt ... Del Mar Fan (uncredited)
Tony Shore ... Skater (uncredited)

Gary Sievers ... Unemployed Man (uncredited)

Victoria Spark ... Nurse (uncredited)

Bridgetta Tomarchio ... Party Girl (uncredited)

Frank J. Tsacrios ... Judge (uncredited)
Stone Van Gorder ... Judge (uncredited)
Gina Venditti ... Surfer Girl (uncredited)

Tarita Virtue ... Fan (uncredited)

Eric West ... James Smith (uncredited)

Katie Whicker ... Topper's Lady (uncredited)

Directed by
Catherine Hardwicke 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Stacy Peralta (written by)

Produced by
Beanie Barnes .... associate producer
Joseph Drake .... executive producer (as Joe Drake)
Kareem Elseify .... associate producer
David Fincher .... executive producer
Canada Johanna Gordon .... associate producer (as Canada Gordon)
Art Linson .... executive producer
John Linson .... producer
Ginger Sledge .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Mark Mothersbaugh 
 
Cinematography by
Elliot Davis 
 
Film Editing by
Nancy Richardson 
 
Casting by
Victoria Thomas 
 
Production Design by
Chris Gorak 
 
Art Direction by
Seth Reed 
 
Set Decoration by
Gene Serdena 
 
Costume Design by
Cindy Evans 
 
Makeup Department
Bridget Cook .... hair department head (as Bridget M. Cook)
Fionagh Cush .... key makeup artist
Nicole DeFrancesco .... hair stylist (as Nicole Frank)
Mark Garbarino .... special makeup effects artist
Rolf John Keppler .... prosthetic lab work
Dave Snyder .... special makeup effects artist (as John D. Snyder)
Mary Ann Valdes .... key hair stylist
Jeanne Van Phue .... makeup department head
Lynda Kyle Walker .... hair stylist (as Lynda K. Walker)
David LeRoy Anderson .... special makeup effects designer (uncredited)
Gabriel De Cunto .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Tom Devlin .... prosthetic lab work (uncredited)
Nicole Michaud .... prosthetics coordinator: AFX Studio (uncredited)
JoJo Myers Proud .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Deborah Rutherford .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jennifer Saeta .... makeup department head: additional photography (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Michelle Morrissey .... production supervisor
Haley Sweet .... production supervisor: second unit
Robert Latham Brown .... unit production manager: additional scenes (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vernon Davidson .... additional second assistant director
Stephen P. Del Prete .... second second assistant director: reshoots
Thomas Robinson Harper .... second unit director
James Alan Hensz .... first assistant director
Catherine Marie McDonald .... second assistant director: second unit (as Catherine M. McDonald)
Jay Ostrowski .... second second assistant director
Kenneth Roth .... second assistant director (as Kenneth B. Roth)
John O'Rourke .... first assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jory Alvarado .... set dresser
Fred Apolito .... propmaker
Angela Carroll .... clearances
J. André Chaintreuil .... digital set designer
Michel Doré .... storyboard artist
William Eliscu .... graphic designer
Mathias Fain .... set dresser
Paulette Fox .... painter
Simon Georgiou .... gang boss
Scott Herbertson .... set designer
Wendy Jerde .... scenic painter
Scott M. Leonard .... carpenter
Sean Lyons .... stand-by painter
Tim Mallory .... assistant property master
Stephen McCumby .... props
Frank Musitelle .... greens coordinator
Cynthia Nibler .... property master
Scott Owen .... set dresser: reshoots
Lars Petersen .... construction coordinator
Eric Reichardt .... lead scenic
Scott Remick .... carpenter
Grant Samson .... leadman
Thomas Spencer .... set decorating gang boss
Michael Spitaletto .... painter
Robert Stover .... buyer
John L. Sullivan .... propmaker gangboss
Steven C. Voll .... general foreman
Clint Wallace .... set designer
Bob Warner .... painter
Gary Warshaw .... assistant art director
Cale Wilbanks .... art department assistant
Kat Wilson .... art department coordinator
Chris Buchinsky .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Mark Kelly .... daily props assistant (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bob Beemer .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill W. Benton .... additional sound mixer
Thom Brennan .... supervising foley editor
Lance Brown .... sound designer
Lance Brown .... supervising sound editor
Robert Eber .... production sound mixer
Bruce Fortune .... sound designer (as Bruce D. Fortune)
Bruce Fortune .... supervising sound editor (as Bruce D. Fortune)
Vincent Guisetti .... foley artist
Todd Harris .... assistant sound editor (as Todd M. Harris)
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist
Devon Heffley Curry .... adr supervisor (as Devon Curry)
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist
Eddie Kim .... sound effects editor
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Tateum Kohut .... sound re-recording mixer
Tricia Linklater .... first assistant sound editor
Howard London .... adr mixer
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... adr editor (as Kimberly Lowe Voigt)
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... dialogue editor (as Kimberly Lowe Voigt)
Paul Menichini .... sound effects editor
Howard Neiman .... sound effects editor (as Howard S.M. Neiman)
Nancy Nugent .... dialogue editor (as Nancy Kyong Nugent)
Fred Peck III .... sound re-recordist
Kyle Rochlin .... foley mixer
John C. Stuver .... dialogue editor
Roland N. Thai .... sound effects editor
Lisa Varetakis .... foley editor
Mario A. Vitale .... assistant sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Jeff Bresin .... special effects foreman
Martin Bresin .... special effects director
Gary D'Amico .... special effects coordinator: additional photography
Chris Jones .... special effects technician
David A. Poole .... special effects
Ken Rudell .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Jackie Allard .... digital compositor
Jackie Allard .... roto artist
Christopher Almerico .... visual effects coordinator: Gray Matter
Billy Barnhart .... I/O manager
David Booth .... scanning & recording
Joseph Brattesani .... digital compositor (as Joey Brattesani)
Beau Cameron .... digital artist: Gray Matter
Stuart Cripps .... digital compositor: Gray Matter
Stuart Cripps .... visual effects designer
Amanda Finkelberg .... paint/roto artist: Gray Matter
Diana Giorgiutti .... digital effects producer: Gray Matter (as Di Giorgiutti)
Nancy Hyland .... digital compositor: Gray Matter
Tom Lynnes .... 3D supervisor: Gray Matter
Margaux Mackay .... visual effects supervising producer: Gray Matter
Gray Marshall .... visual effects supervisor: Gray Matter
Jennifer Mizener .... assistant visual effects coordinator: Gray Matter
César Romero .... digital compositor: Gray Matter
David Sanger .... visual effects producer
Robert Scifo .... matte painter: Gray Matter (as Bob Scifo)
Messrob Torikian .... digital match move: Gray Matter
Dan Trezise .... digital compositor: Gray Matter
 
Stunts
Adam Alfaro .... skate double: Tony
Tony Alva .... skate double: Tony
Troy Brown .... assistant stunt coordinator
Bradlee Coleman .... skate double: Stacy
Griffin Collins .... skate double: Jay
Clay Cullen .... stunts: water saftey
Danny Downey .... stunt double: Michael Angarano
Annie Ellis .... stunts
Aaron Elvis .... utility stunts
Matt Flanagan .... surf stunts
Brad Gerlach .... surf stunts (as Bradley J. Gerlach)
Tad Griffith .... utility stunts
Riley Harper .... skate double: Reid
Thomas Robinson Harper .... stunt coordinator
Kyle Knox .... surf stunts
Mark Kubr .... stunts
Brock Little .... surf stunts
Randy McKenney .... assistant stunt coordinator
Jesse Jam Miranda .... stunts
Tyler Mumma .... skate double: Stacy
Chris Palermo .... stunt driver
Chris Palermo .... stunts
Stacy Peralta .... skate double: Stacy
John Ponts .... skate double: Jay
Craig Rondell .... stunt performer
Allen Sarlo .... surf stunts
Ren Smith .... surf stunts
Ryan Staats .... stunts
Gavin Sutherland .... surf stunts
Gian Franco Tordi .... precision driver (as Gianfranco Tordi)
Craig Whitehead .... skate double: Jay
Alvin Zalamea .... surf stunts
Michael T. Brady .... stunts (uncredited)
Brycen Counts .... stunt double (uncredited)
Reid Harper .... stunts (uncredited)
Kris A. Jeffrey .... stunts (uncredited)
Mike Justus .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Larry Rippenkroeger .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Jon Valera .... utility stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James W. Apted .... first assistant camera
Nico Bally .... camera crane technician
Brian Bartolini .... gaffer: second unit/splinter unit
Lee Blasingame .... assistant camera
Glenn Brown .... camera operator
Marc Christie .... grip
Vincent Contarino .... dimmer board operator
Donovan Davis .... grip
Michael K. Davis .... rigger
Bruce Del Castillo .... grip
Louie DeMarco .... first assistant camera: water unit
Andrew Dumas .... additional second assistant camera
Philippe Dussol .... camera operator
Hugues Espinasse .... focus puller
Greg Fausak .... grip
Renée George .... electrician (as Renee Kayon)
Russell Griffith .... electrician
Jason Griffiths .... grip
Matt Gulbin .... key grip: second unit
Renaldo Jackson .... electrician
Don King .... director of photography: water unit
Ronald R. Koch Jr. .... electrician
Lance Larson .... camera operator: BTS camera
Jon Lindsay .... second assistant camera
Tyler Lindsay .... epk camera operator
Dennis J. Lootens .... rigging gaffer
Gary Lowrance .... electrician
Richard Mall .... key grip
Jerry L. Marshall .... rigging grip
Jesse Mather .... lighting technician
John Joseph Minardi .... grip
Jeff Murrell .... gaffer
Steve Reinhardt .... assistant chief lighting technician
Alec Shepherd .... grip
Bryce Shields .... video assist operator
Jaimie Trueblood .... still photographer
William DiCenso .... rf technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
John Crockett .... casting: second unit
Natasha Delahunt .... extras casting assistant
Annie Hamilton .... casting: second unit
Carla Lewis .... extras casting: re-shoots
Brian McCulley .... casting: second unit
Jesse Jam Miranda .... casting
Stacy Opalewski .... casting assistant
Robyn Owen .... associate casting director
Jeanine Pengiel .... casting assistant
Yesi Ramirez .... casting assistant
Deedra Ricketts .... extras casting
K.D. Smith .... extras casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Phillip Howard .... set costumer
Janet Ingram .... key costumer (as Janet Stirner Ingram)
Miranda Kelley .... set costumer
Patricia McLaughlin .... costume supervisor
Valerie T. O'Brien .... costumer
Lisa Parmet .... key costumer
Alison Stein .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
John Daro .... digital intermediate editor
Rolf Fleischmann .... first assistant editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
John Nicolard .... digital intermediate supervisor
Brian Spirnak .... post-production assistant
Joseph Virzi .... assistant editor
Walter Volpatto .... color timer
Walter Volpatto .... digital intermediate colorist
Harry Yoon .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music consultant
Michael Boustead .... assistant music editor
Kelly Curtis .... music consultant
Jennifer Nash .... music editor
Liza Richardson .... music supervisor
Bruce Young Berman .... musician: guitar solos (uncredited)
Harold Cane .... music coordinator (uncredited)
J.A. Powers .... musician (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Craig Lietzke .... transportation co-captain
Tom Lyons .... transportation captain
Anthony J. Mignano .... driver: construction department
Marci South .... driver
 
Other crew
Benjamin Adams .... production accountant
Robert Allen .... rigging medic
Tony Alva .... skate coach
Kirsten Anderson .... post-production accountant
John Arbuckle .... marine crew
Steve Badillo .... skateboard trainer
Amy Banks .... accounting clerk
Greg Beato .... consultant
Brad Bemis .... location manager
Linda Brown .... unit publicist
Trisha Burton .... script supervisor: second unit
A.J. Caulfield .... production assistant (as Austin Buchinsky)
Elida Cerda .... medic
John Charles .... software engineer: Sony DAC
Kaiser Clark .... assistant to cast
Jessica Drake .... dialect coach: Mr. Rasuk
Melinda Eichberg .... animal trainer
Sam Faniel .... location assistant
Erin Ferguson .... production coordinator: second unit
Julio Ferrario .... senior title designer: main end titles
Kenny Gallagher .... key assistant accountant
Josh Geller .... set production assistant
Pamela B. Green .... title producer
Christopher Hanada .... location coordinator
Dan Harder .... medic: second unit
Jacob Head .... adr loop group
Michael Heithaus .... stand-in: E. Hirsch
Matt Hickey .... production assistant
Jake Hicks .... boat captain
Elizabeth Himelstein .... on set dialect coach
Michael Hird .... set medic
Vickie M. Hsieh .... assistant production coordinator
Zach Hunt .... key set production assistant
Michael B. Johnson .... first assistant accountant
Reef Karim .... technical medical advisor
Dave Kasubowski .... key craft service
Chris Kephart .... stand-in
Mark Kubr .... surf instructor
Lance Larson .... epk producer
Norbert Maass .... sales manager: Senator International
Lyn Matsuda Norton .... script supervisor (as Lyn Norton)
Joe May .... production assistant
Danielle McKee .... production assistant
Blair Mealing .... assistant to cast
Carolyn Miller .... assistant: Art Linson
Tania Mills .... intern
Jennifer Mizener .... production office coordinator
Jim Muir .... surfing consultant (as Jim 'Red Dog' Muir)
Lyn Norton .... script supervisor
Paul Pawlowski .... additional first assistant accountant
Eric Persons .... assistant location manager
John H. Price .... on-set interviews
Jenny Sandell .... assistant production coordinator
Sheila Sawhny .... adr voice
Marianne Shiffrar .... payroll accountant
Michael Steinbach .... production secretary
Anthony Steinhart .... additional set production assistant
Paula Stier .... office production assistant
Suzanne C. Swindle .... additional script supervisor
Kim Thio .... set medic
Angelo Vacco .... adr loop group
Jarik Van Sluijs .... title designer
Chris Wessman .... skateboard consultant
Rebecca Whitesell LaFond .... assistant: Ms. Sledge
Chris Withrow .... production assistant
Diana Zock .... production coordinator
Serena Baker .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Kris Olson .... production coordinator: additional shooting (uncredited)
Taylor Stoaks .... accounting clerk (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"American Knights" - Philippines (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for drug and alcohol content, sexuality, violence, language and reckless behavior - all involving teens
Runtime:
107 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:16 | Czech Republic:U | Finland:K-11 | Germany:12 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15A | Malaysia:18PL | Malaysia:U (cut version) | Norway:11 | Philippines:R-13 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | UK:15 (extended version) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #40754) | USA:Unrated (unrated DVD version)

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Trivia:
Many parts of the dilapidated pier set (e.g. the big dipper) were added using CGI to keep costs down. However, the derelict ferris wheel was real and had been purchased on eBay for a few thousand dollars.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The wide 7-ply laminate concave skateboard that Tyson the bulldog rides at the championship was not available in 1977. Laminate decks existed but they were flat and narrow. Skateboards in 1977 rarely exceeded 7-8 inches wide. Tysons board is obviously a 10 inch wide mid to late '80s pool/ramp model with wider trucks and "new school" wheels.See more »
Quotes:
Restaurant owner:[Z-boys are being rowdy] You can't act like that here! This is a family restaurant.
[Sid throws food at him, he grabs Sid, and drags him over the table]
Montoya:[Trying to stop the owner] HEY! This is a family restaurant!
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Somebody's gonna get their head kicked in tonight..., 15 July 2012
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

It's the early 1970's in Santa Monica, California. Long, sun-bleached hair, bad-boy mentalities, and lawless behavior were things that attracted the girls, and daredevils seemingly lurked around every street-corner, boasting a life of dysfunctional mishaps and isolation. It is when a skateboard-designer named Skip Engblom was given polyurethane wheels for his boards that allowed a skateboarder to have the ability to "climb walls" and defy gravity did he get the bold idea that him and his surfer friends could revolutionize the activity, thus implementing a whole new kind of skating.

The teens that pioneered this life were Skip (Heath Ledger), Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk), Stacy Peralta (John Robinson), and Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch). What assisted in their discoveries and possibilities was the ongoing drought that plagued most of the California area during the time, forcing nearby residencies to drain their pools. This led to the discovery that empty pools could be used as a good source of ramps and tricks. I believe it is a tradition that skateparks today have something like this on-location. Not only did the boys find popularity with the ladies, but were attracted to the business side of skating, where it is no longer innocuous riding, but an activity of skill and recklessness that only few are willing to pursue head-on.

Lords of Dogtown explores this era in time, and pulls us along for a ride similar to what the protagonists in the film embarked on. The real Stacy Peralta penned the screenplay for the film and manages to give us a taste at what life was like during this time period.

The two immediate things to laud about the film are its use of cinematography and extremely well-crafted soundtrack. The cinematography combines a high-contrast color scheme, complimented with grainy, documentary-like sequences of skating providing the viewer with a seemingly authentic experience. A wide variety of shots are utilized and explored, and we even get a nice look under the boards to examine the wheels doing what they do. Furthermore, the shot-variety is topped off with heavy-metal rock songs taken from all over the grid, again, giving the viewer a rather accurate depiction of the time period. This is one of those movies where the music adds a lot to the tonal aspect of the experience, and it helps out more than impressions would believe.

We are given a cast of capable actors as well. Emile Hirsch, a talent still underrated and unsung to this day, gives a great performance as the reckless bad-boy, John Robinson, who I adored in Gus Van Sant's long forgotten Elephant, gives a performance of memorable status, and the same can be said for Victor Rasuk. Yet, the highlight here is inevitably Heath Ledger, giving a raw and realistic portrayal of a skateboarding prodigy. He was apparently drunk or under heavy substances during filming and I can say that this definitely helped the role - although it probably isn't recommended.

The film was directed by Catherine Hardwicke, who worked behind the camera for the excellent film, Thirteen, which centered around a good girl gone bad when she met an underprivileged friend at school. Nikki Reed, the supporting actress of that film, returns here in a rather underwritten role as one of the main love interests. Lords of Dogtown seems to have all the pieces here, but what it forgets is to build on the story lines of these kids and their friends. We get many sequences of hardcore skating, scenes of them running from police, and scenes of competition, but never do we get simple scenes of talking. Writer Stacy Peralta either figures that viewers have seen the documentary, Dogtown and Z-Boys, which serves as the pseudo-predecessor to this film or believes that teenagers and skaters aren't interested in healthy, descriptive monologues. Correct me if I'm wrong, for I'm not a skater, but aren't many skaters emphasizing that they are often misunderstood because of societal stereotypes and are repeatedly ostracized? Aren't they sometimes looked at as the scum and pariahs of their community? I believe that some monologues about acceptance and societal visions would've fit well in this film, yet, alas, there are very few.

As for Dogtown and Z-Boys, I've read numerous times online that in order to fully appreciate this film, one must watch that one beforehand. Having not seen that at this point, I can still say I got enough enjoyment out of the film to warrant amusement and interest, but not a recommendation. The film's a bit indulgent and neglects to offer as much depth and structure as one would assume, with this being written by a skater portrayed in the film. With that being said, if one were to seek out a fictionalized account of a skater's trouble with society and social differences after an unexpected accident occurs, one could watch Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park, which illustrates this theme very carefully. I have just reviewed one marginally passable film and one of respectable quality. The choice is yours...

Starring: Heath Ledger, Emile Hirsch, John Robinson, Victor Rasuk, Michael Angarano, Johnny Knoxville, and Nikki Reed. Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke.

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