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About the Movie
In 1989, street skating became a major force within skateboarding and was poised to usurp the ramp, pool, and skatepark disciplines that preceded it. Enter Gabriel Rodriguez, Paulo Diaz, Rudy Johnson and Guy Mariano; four teenage friends from Los Angeles, who through a chance encounter with "Bones Brigade" mastermind Stacy Peralta, went from unknowns to some of the most influential street skaters of all time. The L.A. Boys is a firsthand account of the events that led to their fateful meeting with Stacy and the subsequent ground breaking video segment they would create together for the 1989 Powell Peralta classic, “Ban This”. Filled with incredible, never before seen archival footage as well as cameos and anecdotes from some of skateboarding’s most beloved figures, The L.A. Boys is a touching look back at a pivotal moment in skateboarding history.
Kennedy killed it with this one. Awesome documentary!
This doc let me down. I waited a year for it. Worst interview skills ever. No background on the skaters, which is a huge miss. Why were these young guys on the street skating all day? What was their home life like? Why was Mariano, a kid, all over Los Angeles at a young age? What made their drive so strong? It's essentially a documentary over an hour in length rehashing the same 4 minutes of footage from Ban This over and over again. What a letdown. No depth. No new information.
Great skateboard nostalgia
Wonderfully contextualizes and articulates the emergence and influence of street skateboarding trailblazers Guy Mariano, Rudy Johnson, Gabriel Rodriguez and Paolo Diaz.
To understand the roots of where skateboarding is today it's refreshing to see a film that focuses on a singular moment where four Los Angeles friends put their city and essence on the map. It's a great watch.