Combustible Celluloid
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With: Sean Penn (narrator), Jay Adams, Tony Alva, Bob Biniak, Paul Constantineau, Shogo Kubo, Jim Muir, Peggy Oki, Stacy Peralta, Nathan Pratt, Wentzle Rumi, Allen Sarlo
Written by: Stacy Peralta, Craig Stecyk
Directed by: Stacy Peralta
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 91
Date: 01/19/2001

Dogtown & Z-Boys (2002)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Skate and Switch

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

I know exactly nothing about skateboarding, but this wild, exuberant documentary putsit all in perspective, outlining a crew of 12 surfers-turned-skaters whopioneered the sport -- and, some say, the art form. Directed by the mostfinancially successful of the group, Stacy Peralta, the film featuresdazzling vintage 1970s footage mixed with current talking headinterviews. One quibble: We have no idea how the 12 skaters related toone another on a personal level; we only see them separately trying toout-skate and out-talk one another. Sean Penn narrates.

DVD Details: Columbia/Tristar's DVD comes with a commentary track, deleted scenes, and extra skating footage.