I’ve seen Dogtown and Z-Boys and remember it as repetitious and overblown (i.e.: the Z-Boys – who invented rad skateboarding – caused a culture shift on a par with the Beatles.  As if.)  But it was interesting enough to nudge me to rent the dramatized version.  Lords is a good coming-of-age story with nice performances (Heath Ledger’s Skip the surf guru with his bucktooth appliance steals a ton of scenes) and a lot less bombast.  There’s an old saying: Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad. I’ve always thought it should be: Whom the gods would destroy, they grant heart’s desire.  Lords of Dogtown demonstrates some of that.

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(some of the boarding and pool-hopping scenes went on too long for my limited attention span)

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