A fictionalized take on the group of brilliant young skateboarders raised in the mean streets of Dogtown in Santa Monica, California. The Z-Boys, as they come to be known, perfect their craft in the empty swimming pools of unsuspecting suburban homeowners, pioneering a thrilling new sport and eventually moving into legend.Written by
In the scene where Jay shouts at the elderly ladies from the car, the original line filmed made reference to "gray beaver", which the censors objected to. The scene was re-shot several times, with Emile Hirsch shouting a selection of various different obscenities. In the end, the censors only approved one of these, which was the one where he refers to "vintage ass", on the basis that the word 'vintage' had a positive connotation to it. As a sign of appreciation for being accommodating during the process, they sent Catherine Hardwicke a present after the film had been approved, which consisted of some jogging shorts with the word 'vintage' written across the back. See more »
The first time the Z-Boys skate Sid's pool there is a skateboard left on the steps that changes positions several times. See more »
It's the 70s. A group of local surfers form a tribe that runs their section of the surf. Skip (Heath Ledger) is a surf shop owner who starts making skateboards with polyurethane wheels. Three kids Stacy Peralta (John Robinson), Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch), and Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk) become famous pioneering stars. They start surfing empty neighborhood pools. Kathy (Nikki Reed) is Tony's sister.
This has the energy. It has the music. It has the rebel sensibility. It's a little disorganized. It's hard to know who's the lead at times. Director Catherine Hardwicke has left it very loose. Heath Ledger is eating up the scenes with his weird voice. Emile Hirsch is sort of the center. There are quite a few unknown actors here. It's a very compelling history to begin with. For more insights, one should watch Stacy Peralta's 'Dogtown and Z-Boys'.
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