Lords of Dogtown

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Stacy Peralta, one the golden boys of the 1970s SoCal skateboarding rage, has repackaged his glory days twice: first as a fun, self-made documentary, 2001's Dogtown and Z-Boys, and now as this disappointing Hollywood dramatization for which he wrote the script. The problem with both films—though the doc is much better—is that Peralta doesn't seem to want to tell the whole story, all the way through to its sad corporate endgame. Only Emile Hirsch's troubled Jay Adams, the gifted skater who fell into drugs and crime, suggests the gravitas befitting a proper narrative.

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