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Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch), Stacy Peralta (John Robinson) and Rony Alva (Victor Rasuk) in 'Lords of Dogtown.'
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In case you haven't noticed, it's summer outside. Specifically, that so-hot-my-face-is-melting scenario when you're dreaming about running sans swimsuit through an arctic tundra. We've been searching for relief in various ways (ice cubes down tube socks, hand-held fan misters propped up on desks) but can't think of anything better than a box full of popsicles and the ultimate summer movie—Lords of Dogtown. If there's any film that epitomizes "locals only" LA living—from breezy interludes and super cute surfer dudes to seriously gnarly skate style—it's this one. Did we mention it's directed by Catherine Hardwicke (she of Twilight part uno) and stars Emile Hirsch and Heath Ledger? And it's based on the true story of the birth of skateboarding? Nikki Reed dances in moccasins all over it, too. But besides all of that goodness, it's a seriously fantastic film with the sweetest of SoCal style.

lords of dogtown

The crew hangs out at the Zephyr Skate Shop in 'Lords of Dogtown.'
Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Lords of Dogtown arose out of the documentary, Dogtown and Z-Boys, which was directed by former pro-surfer and skateboarder Stacy Peralta. Not only did Peralta write the semi-autobiographical Lords, he put himself in it—albeit the younger version of himself played by John Robinson. The film follows three very different surfers, Peralta and his sometime-pals Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch) and Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk). All from different backgrounds, they skate and surf the aforementioned "Locals Only" area of the Santa Monica Pier during the early 1970s. (And when they say locals, they mean it, lest you get your noggin' bashed in.) Amidst their lazy days spent carousing amongst the palm trees looking ridiculously cute in striped tees, slouchy jeans, and faded Vans, the trio hang out at the Zephyr Skate Shop, which is owned by surf/skate board designer Skip Engblom (Heath Ledger).

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