Lords of Dogtown
In the 1970s, a group of teenage surfers from a tough neighborhood known as “Dogtown” in Venice, CA pioneered a revolutionary new style of skateboarding. Riding the waves at the Pacific Ocean pier, the Z-Boys, known for their aggressive style and hard street attitude, combined the death-defying moves of surfing with the art of skateboarding and became overnight sensations and local legends. With empty pools as their canvas, the Z-boys paved the way to what is now referred to as “extreme sports,” and created a lifestyle that spread infectiously to become a worldwide counterculture phenomenon. But all of this fame would take its toll on the friendships that they thought would last a lifetime as the sport that started out as an afternoon hobby turned into big business.
I have little knowledge about the background of skateboarding, so it was neat to see where and how skateboarding began. One thing this movie highlighted was the importance of money and fame to many people, especially teenagers. The Z boys broke apart for fame and fortune but in the end they found out that friendship is the ultimate wealth even though their lives had taken different paths. I wish the movie had gone into more detail about the Zephyr skateboards for those who aren’t familiar with skateboards. There is much explicit content in this film because of the Z boys’ reckless behavior. They ignore the law often evading police, trespassing on property, and skating in traffic. The movie also shows their preferences for underage drinking and sleeping with girls. This film left its Dove approval in Dogtown so don’t bother seeing it.