In the lively documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys (2002), former skateboarding star Stacy Peralta told the story of the Zephyr Skate Team, the crew of shaggy southern California teenagers with whom he pioneered vertical skating in the mid-70s. His self-mythologizing in that project was tolerable, but this dramatization of the same material, scripted by Peralta and directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen), is excruciatingly narcissistic. The original movie's freeze-dried classic rock score is largely reprised here as the nubile kids bond, bicker, and come of age—which consists of them realizing they're still awesomely cool whether or not they've scored big endorsement deals. With Emile Hirsch, Victor Rasuk, John Robinson, Heath Ledger, and Rebecca De Mornay. PG-13, 107 min.
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