Grind

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Grind Review


Putting off their futures as long as they can, four lifelong buds hit the road in hopes of landing a pro skating sponsorship. Eric (Mike Vogel) motivates the group, made up of college-bound Dustin (Adam Brody), spacey Matt (Vince Vieluf), and ladies' man Sweet Lou (Joey Kern, blatantly ripping off Matthew McConaughey's Dazed and Confused persona). Their plan includes shadowing pro skater Jimmy Wilson (Jason London), though Eric's quick to be distracted by the smokin' hot skater chick (Jennifer Morrison) that keeps wheeling across his path.

Surprisingly, the four friends aren't slackers. They're motivated when it comes to getting what they want, which in this case happens to be an audience for their "Sponsor Me" tapes and, hopefully, a long-term contract and a gig skating for a living. Along the way, they encounter a healthy mixture of professional skaters, scantily clad skate babes (one female is actually listed in the credits as "Another Hot Girl"), and an army of washed up comics in cameos. Director Casey La Scala certainly keeps us guessing, as Bobcat Goldthwait, Dave Foley, Randy Quaid, and Tom Green grace the screen.

Grind shreds the competition when it comes to skateboarding movies. The sport's natural fluidity lends itself to being photographed, and La Scala (himself a skater) keeps the four-wheeled action moving. Initially, Grind aims to thrill and entertain, while slyly weaving in a message of "set a goal" and "work to achieve it."

But the film can't quite shred the formula that's dragging the plot down. What starts as a quirky mix of inspirational teenage bonding - powered by the chemistry of the four leads - collapses all too rapidly into an adolescent road trip flick peppered with choreographed dance routines, Poison sing-alongs, and an abundance of toilet jokes. Grind is fascinated with human waste: dropping it, smelling it, cleaning it up.

But where are the wipeouts? All told, I counted two characters who hit the ground while skating, and one is in a controlled environment on a ramp. Am I to believe that these pros filling in for the actors are that good? With two regulars from Jackass in the cast, I expected at least one expertly-edited crash montage, and left the theater sadly disappointed.

In addition to a music video, a cacophonous cast and crew commentary backs the DVD.

Not that kind of grind, sorry.



Grind

Facts and Figures

Run time: 105 mins

In Theaters: Friday 15th August 2003

Box Office USA: $5.1M

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Production compaines: 900 Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 8%
Fresh: 6 Rotten: 67

IMDB: 5.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: E.K. Gaylord, , ,

Starring: as Eric Rivers, as Matt Jensen, as Dustin Knight, as Sweet Lou, as Jamie

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