The movie “The Lords Of Dogtown” is one of my all time favorite films. It tells the story of where and when skateboarding in southern California originated, with the true stories of Tony Alva, Stacey Peralta, and Jay Adams. The movies first scene is of the three boys going down to the local surf spot underneath the Santa Monica Pier. Zephyr surf shop owned by Skip, begins selling and creating skateboards when the urethane wheels get brought into the market. The story goes on and the three boys get placed on the Zephyr shops skate team, the Z-Boys. After they get a name for themselves by winning a couple local skate contests, each skater gets approached by other sponsors offering them more money. Though not all the skaters take the offers; Tony Alva gets rich with a big name sponsor and becomes a want to be bad ass with all of his fame. Stacey Peralta gets sponsored so much that he gets dressed up like a NASCAR everywhere he goes to skate. Jay Adams, the youngest of the three, is left behind having to support his troubled mother. He gets a poor sponsorship that doesn’t give him what he needs nor deserves and ends up walking away from the competitive lifestyle that his friends continue to pursue. After a party where Tony and Stacey are offered and accept more money with their individual sponsors the Santa Monica pier burns down. Jay officially leaves the Z-Boys team when he exchanges words of sorrow and memories about what the pier used to be with Skip who is played by Heath Ledger. Right after this scene the movie begins to play the song Old Man by Neil Young, the first time I saw this the song instantly became a favorite. As the song continues to play it shows Jay Adams in his bathroom shaving off his long golden California locks, down to the scalp becoming a skinhead. This scene shows how Jay Adams was not going to be like the rest of the Z-Boys by going off leaving everything that they once knew and loved. He was going to stay supporting what family he had left while doing the only thing he knew how to do. Which was being reckless, skating with friends, and getting in and out of trouble. “Old man, take a look at my life, I’m a lot like you, I need someone to love me the whole day through,” are the lyrics that are chosen for this scene. Jay’s dad left him and his mother at a young age and these lyrics represent a lot of Jay’s character, past experiences and how he will always be a kid at heart.


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