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Pretending I'm a Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Docu best for skaters and video game fans; some cursing.

Movie NR 2020 72 minutes
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For those who grew up playing any of the Tony Hawk Pro Skater video games, this documentary will bring back warm, fuzzy memories. The parks, the streets, the tricks, the music. It's millennial nostalgia for an era that tends to provoke anti-nostalgia. It succinctly presents the history of the ups and downs of skateboarding culture since the 1970s, and how that culture developed and was then taken to new heights by Tony Hawk Pro Skater. It also connects the rise of the franchise to the growth and development of video games.

That said, it can get pretty dry at times, and the documentary's shortish length implies that there's only so much you can do with a story about a video game, no matter how beloved it may be. It also doesn't transcend either skateboarding or video game culture, so it's difficult to imagine anyone not already familiar with either to find any of this particularly interesting. But for those who grew up learning about bands like The Adolescents and Bad Religion from Tony Hawk Pro Skater, and learned about the difference between a nosegrab and a nosegrind from playing the game, it's an entertaining railslide down memory lane.

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