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July 17, 2005

LORDS OF DOGTOWN

COLE SMITHEY

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Lords_of_dogtown The topic of Stacy Peralta's hugely popular "Dogtown And Z-Boys" documentary gets a narrative structuring from Peralta's resonant screenplay, and Catherine Hardwicke's confident direction.

Peralta focuses his narrative on three of the Venice, Ca surfers/skateboarders who reinvented skateboarding by carving across the upper tiles of empty swimming pools in the mid '70s.

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Stacy (John Robinson), Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch), and Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk) are the skate punk heroes.

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Their influential skating techniques are executed by fully committed actors in skating sequences that fulfill the exacting demands of the story's physical aspects.

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As the three friends separate via the commercial successes afforded them, "Lords Of Dogtown" becomes a distinctly youthful American anecdote about the nature of friendship and success.

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The terrific ensemble performances are bested by Heath Ledger as surfboard designer and local mentor Skip.

Rated PG-13. 105 mins.

5 Stars

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