''Lords of Dogtown'' is a 2005 film [[BasedOnATrueStory based on the true story]] of the Zephyr Skate Team or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z-Boys "The Z-Boys"]], a young group of surfers turned skateboarders from 1970's Venice Beach, California that revolutionized the sport of skateboarding. The movie focuses on three young skateboarders, Tony Alva, Stacy Peralta, and Jay Adams. The film turns the story into a combination of ComingOfAge and RagsToRiches story, as the team is torn apart by the temptations of fame and money, with all three skateboarders taking different routes.

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!!This film provides examples of:
* AgeLift: The film portrays Tony, Stacy and Jay as relatively the same age, when in reality, Tony and Stacy are four years older than Jay.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Kathy leaves Stacy for Jay.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: After learning that Sid is dying with brain cancer, Tony, Stacy, and Jay reunite, make peace and skate in Sid's empty swimming pool.]]
* ButtMonkey: Sid. His inner-ear equilibrium problem is commonly messed with by the other characters. [[spoiler: His problem was actually caused by a fatal brain tumor.]]
* TheCameo: The real Z-Boys and TonyHawk make appearances.
* ChekhovsNews: The news report about drought in California, leading to water restrictions and empty pools, where the Z-Boys developed their signature skating style.
* ChickMagnet: Tony and Jay, mostly.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Stacy with The Z-Boys originally. Skip rejected him from the team at first, due to not being a "pirate" (read: had responsibilities, job, etc.) and didn't bring him on the team until Stacy won in a competition against them.
** [[{{Irony}} Ironically]], Stacy is the last to leave The Z-Boys after the others are signed to sponsorships.
* DyeingForYourArt: The actors practiced for hours every day months before filming began to convincingly portray street skaters. They performed most of the stunts themselves, with only a few dangerous stunts performed by pro skaters.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Jay and his mother. He only competes so she could one day stop working at her factory job.
* [[HippieParents Hippie Mom]]: Jay's mom.
* ImportantHaircut: Jay shaving his head.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Tony gets this attitude when he starts his own skateboard company.
* MySisterIsOffLimits: Subverted by Tony Alva, with his sister Kathy. She starts as Stacy's girlfriend, but ends up with Jay.
* TheSvengali: Skip Engblom is this mixed with TricksterMentor.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: After the Zephyr Skate Team broke up, the friendship between Stacy, Jay and Tony become very frosty.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue
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