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Bag of Flatulence

1/10
Author: Carmen Romeo from Twonkville
23 November 2015

The other two reviews MUST be from the shills. This flick is about as whack as a swift kick to the sack. Just terrible from the floor up; the basic bs you'd expect from a clown like Dyrdek and co.. Typical skate flick plot about some goober who dreams about going pro, but life throws some wrenches. Will he make it? Who cares. Dyrdek (who we are expected to pretend is a teenager lol) gives us a budget rendition of Tupac's iconic character Bishop. And as expected, we get a close-up of PRod's fake teeth ever 5 seconds. I suspect he's collecting checks from Listerine. Soundtrack is trash. Dialogue might be a'ight if your inebriated enough. Some slimy little kid spits the line "I know all about alone time...". There's some ugly buffy who looks like her face got thrashed with a frying pan. The skating is your standardized low impact flip-in-flip-out ledge boringness. It's a real yawn a minute, lemme tell ya. I mean come to think of it, it was so boring I'm getting bored just from talking trash on it. Don't waist your time. If you skate, just go out and skate. Or for god's sake, man, just watch an Antihero video or something less vapid.

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Fantastic Film, a must for skaters.

8/10
Author: Jonathan Burton from United States
21 March 2015

Lots of tricks, lots of drama, and lots of swearing!! This film is a perfect movie for skaters and even none skaters alike to enjoy. Great acting by Paul Rodriguez and Ryann Dunn. The jokes that Ryan Dunn cracks are just hilarious and witty. Not a perfect 10/10 score for me, but a lot higher than this site gives it for sure. The story was great and it actually came to a conclusion properly and didn't lose track of itself. I felt angry and sad for Paul Rodriguez's character in quite a few scenes. I did not like Rob Dyrdek's role, i thought it was annoying, and he is not an actor, But a great skateboarder none the less. The acting from the father of Derek (paul Rodriguez) was the best acting in the film. A 8 out of 10 for me, great film, and easily watchable to the end and keeps you engrossed in the story.

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Edges, handrails, stairs, and other obstacles

6/10
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California
14 June 2009

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Derrick Cabrera (Paul Rodriguez Jr.), the archetypal young skateboarder in first-time director Chris Zamoscianyk's 'Street Dreams,' is under fire from his dad for failing at school, his white-bread girlfriend Samantha (Jordan Valacich) thinks he's a loser, and Troy (Rob Dyrdek), one of his best friends, jealous of his talent, is turning into his worst enemy. When he gets arrested for cutting the knobs off the university rail so he and his pals can skate it, he and his father have a big fight and he leaves town.

But it's to go to the open-to-all Tampa Am contest with the buddies. And there, the inevitable happens: he outperforms his rival Troy, gets pro sponsorship, and acquires a much cooler girlfriend, Taylor (C.C. Sheffield), the older sister of Eric Jones (Ryan Sheckler), the top competitor, who becomes his strongest ally. Troy is eliminated early because his routines have been so tame. Eric Jones' performances are flawless and Derrick keeps making mistakes, but Derrick wins admiration and points because every trick he performs is risky and stylish, and he fails during the competition to compete an inventive and challenging new trick involving a 360º board spin on a rail and landing, but the crowd gathers around as he tries it two more times just to see it he can do it, and on the third try he nails it and "makes skateboarding history."

This is a pretty standard sports coming of age movie but could be required viewing for all skateboarders and their fans. Rodriguez, Dyrdek, and Ryan Sheckler are all popular and photogenic real pro skaters, and Zamoscianyk coaxes believable performances out of them. Other pro skaters in Derrick's posse include "Compton Ass Terry" Kennedy, as Reese. There are cameos by six or eight other skate stars, and lots of examples of the latest street skating style, with much dazzling manipulation of the boards, twists and turns and slides on rails, and breathtaking jumps over flights of stairs and walls. Of course the skaters miss, or nail, their tricks only as the film wants them too, but the skate footage doesn't feel fake, and isn't. This can't compete as drama with Catherine Hardwicke's skateboarder biopic 'Lords of Dogtown' or Gus Van Sant's dreamlike 'Paranoid Park,' but this time authenticity is added by having real champion skateboarders play the skateboarders' roles, and Rodriguez, Dyrdek, Kennedy, et al. play off each other naturally. And their tricks are really "sick." That means awesome in their lingo.

This movie is the brainchild of Rob Dyrdek, who has his own MTV reality show, "Rob Dyrtrek's Fantasy Factory." Rodriguez, known as P-Rod, was a friend (as well as son of the Mexican-born comedian Paul Rodriguez). Ryan Shackler has his MTV reality show, "Life of Ryan," so was likewise used to being on camera. P-Rod and Ryan are no slouches in the looks department. Dyrdek enlisted "Jackass" vet Ryan Dunn as Cash, the volatile and foul-tongued cohort of the crew. Adam Wylie is Mikey, the crew's cameraman, because it's all about getting your best tricks on film for a "sponsor me' video.

The way Derrick and Taylor relate as twin outsiders is cute, but it's's hard to see Derrick as a misfit. As the dad, Yancey Arias speaks with a strong s New York accent, though all these folks are supposed to hail from Chicago. Samantha and Brad (Brendan Miller) have the thankless task of playing the dumb girlfriend with a racist father and a thick-necked college friend who invites her to crude frat parties. It's as true as ever: skateboarders are discriminated against and hassled by the police (See YouTube, "Cops vs. skaters"). But all the negativity in Derrick's life feels clunky and unreal. No wonder he chooses the straight and narrow path of kickflips, slides, and grinds. It's the relaxed interactions among the crew and the tight, up-to-date style street skating that make this worth watching, and it has a lively soundtrack. Four years in production, so P-Rod and Ryan look much younger here than they do today (see Fuel TV and MTV). than they do today. (See Fuel TV and MTV.) Skateboarding is like math or music: you blossom early. Ryan Shackler began at seven and turned pro at thirteen. But I see by the film's Ning Fan Club site that Eighties great Christian Hosoe still competes in mastrers skate events.

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