Dogtown and Z-Boys

2002 PG-13 1h 31m Blu-ray / DVD

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Dogtown and Z-Boys

2002 PG-13 1h 31m Blu-ray / DVD
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Legendary skateboarder Stacy Peralta directed this fast-paced, award-winning documentary that focuses on the Z-Boys of Venice Beach, Calif., who revolutionized skateboarding in the 1970s when they infused surfing techniques into the sport. Credited with founding skating culture as we know it, these young, innovative guys became legends in the field, and the depth of their influence is still felt in a variety of sports -- and society -- today.
Blu-ray DVD
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.0
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, English SDH, Hindi
English: DTS 5.1 HD
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
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age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this film includes some profane language used in casual discussion. Interviewees discuss sexual escapades and drug use, but neither of these activities are main topics of conversation. Parents should be forewarned that the film glamorizes trespassing and rule-breaking. However, the majority of the film simply centers on the evolution of skateboarding and its Dogtown roots.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Some skateboard scrapes, dangerous surfing practices.


Some strong language.

Social Behavior

Team members are described as aggressive. Various members discuss drug abuse, promiscuous sex, and overall excessive behavior. This film does, however, present a refreshing multicultural vision of skaters. The film also includes the illusive female skater (Peggy Oki, an original member of the Zephyr team).


Ads for various specific tennis shoes and skateboards while discussing the commercialization of the sport.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Images of alcohol consumption and pot smoking, discussion of drug abuse

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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