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Grind (2003)

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8

Average Rating: 3.1/10
Reviews Counted: 73
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 67

Mediocre skateboard stunts are padded by a half-baked plot and one-dimensional characters.

8

Average Rating: 3.1/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 24

Mediocre skateboard stunts are padded by a half-baked plot and one-dimensional characters.

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79

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 52,729

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Movie Info

While the rest of his high school graduating class is heading to the same old grind of college, skateboarder Eric Rivers and his best friends, Dustin, a goal-oriented workaholic, and misfit slacker Matt have one last summer road trip together to follow their dream of getting noticed by the professional skateboarding world--and getting paid to skate. When skating legend Jimmy Wilson's skate demo tour hits town, the boys figure that as soon as he sees their fierce tricks, he'll sign them up for

PG-13,

Action & Adventure, Comedy

Ralph Sall

Jan 27, 2004

$5.1M

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All Critics (81) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (67) | DVD (3)

Suitable entertainment for boys too young to shave.

February 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Brody and Vogel anchor the cast, portraying likeable, charismatic dudes with a friendship that is genuine and enduring in spite of their differences.

August 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Among those rare films that starts at the bottom and burrows downward.

August 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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The worst movie of the summer.

August 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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Without the charm or irrepressible imagination of the Farrellys or 'American Pie' writer Adam Herz, the filmmakers succeeds only in making their protagonists look like jerks, who well deserve the misfortunes that befall them right up to a happy fadeout.

August 19, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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A logo-laden celebration of the joys of sponsorship wrapped inside an innocuous teen-pic package.

August 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Pretty much a complete waste of time.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

Cinematic fecal matter at its best.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

If you love skateboarding, feel free to rent Grind, hit the mute button and fast forward through anything that doesn't involve a half-pipe.

May 10, 2004 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

It's the sort of movie that makes American Wedding look... subtle by comparison. [T]his summer's notorious bomb Gigli is starting to look better and better.

January 1, 2004 Full Review

First-time director Casey La Scala may have taken his fledgling film's title too literally, grinding together borrowed ingredients like a mischievous chef.

October 24, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Brings Out The Worst Of A Fringe Sport That Fights For Mainstream Acceptance...this Film Fails So Completely In Almost Every Aspect.

October 22, 2003 Full Review
Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)

Director La Scala can't direct his way out of this can of half-baked beans.

August 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

You've seen and heard it before, dude.

August 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Viewing the earthbound sequences in "Grind" is like watching the dialogue portions of pornos. Pity the viewers who catch this one without the benefit of a fast-forward or chapter select button.

August 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Striving for street cred, I'm positive even skaters will turn their noses up at this.

August 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Modamag.com | Comment (1)
Modamag.com

They say it takes a certain knowledge of a subject to truly empathize a movie based on it, but I'm guessing it will take more than that to show any sort of genuine interest in a movie like Grind.

August 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

Akin to a real skateboarding show, Grind lands a few tricks but ends up falling on its face the rest of the time.

August 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Many of the characters aren't even likable throughout the first half of the movie, and while they evolve positively over time, it is barely enough to win anyone over.

August 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Citysearch
Citysearch

Alas, the great teen-skateboarding comedy has still yet to be made.

August 19, 2003 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY
eye WEEKLY

There is nothing remotely entertaining about this film.

August 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Grind

I found this film to be pretty amusing. This film is perfect for mindless laughs. This is a very enjoyable comedy that has been unfairly criticized. I thought that Grind had plenty of charm and wit about it to make it a very good little film to watch with friends. The film is flawed, but is nonetheless fun with decent gags, decent story and good characters. If you're in the mood for a mindless comedy, Grind is that film. The film has its flaws, but for the most part it succeeds at being a humorous film due tom its main cast who are simply great in their roles. The film could be reworked a bit to make the material better, but for the most part, it succeeds very well at bringing on mindless laughs. This is just meant to be a fun film from start to finish, and it really pulls it off well. The cast do a fine job here, and I really don't see why this film was seen as bad entertainment. This is a fun film that shouldn't get the flack it has received, it's never anything great, but it definitely is better than what most people have claimed about it. The film is not meant to be taken seriously and I see it as a mindless comedy. If you're looking for the perfect comedy to watch with friends, then this is a film to check out. However keep an open mind with this one, and you may enjoy it. The film is fun for what it is, and despite its flaws, it's not as bad as what every critic has said about this film.
July 2, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

While it has heart, and compassion, and a great ending, not even the awesome soundtrack, or skate tricks can make up for the sometimes funny, mostly stupidly mundane scenes in the middle of the whole trip.
July 30, 2010
EbertsLittleApprentice

Super Reviewer

    1. Jimmy Wilson: No go number two on my bus!
    2. Sweet Lou: Sweet Lou cleans no man's Poop.
    – Submitted by Chris T (20 months ago)
    1. Matt Jensen: I hate Clowns.
    2. Sweet Lou: You wanna make out?
    3. Dustin Knight: Ok, let me just get you another glass of bitch.
    4. Dustin Knight: Lil Bow Wow, keep arguing me and you are going to take a one way walk in the woods.
    5. Dustin Knight: I don't got jokes I got threats.
    6. Matt Jensen: I just got violated by a Lizard man...Actually that felt kinda good.
    – Submitted by Chris T (20 months ago)
    1. Matt Jensen: Hey smell this, do you think this smells like Pepperoni or Ass Crack...I've got five bucks on Pepperoni.
    2. Eric Rivers: Are you kidding me, he get's sick of his shirt, he takes it off, and he gets a new one...FOR FREE!
    3. Matt Jensen: Breast's... I like em two at a time and round...LADIES!
    4. Matt Jensen: I represent the release the twins foundation would you like to make a little donation.
    5. Matt Jensen: About releasing those twins...They look so lonely in their little cages come out...dee dee dee dee.
    6. Sweet Lou: It's just too easy sitting here, year after year watching the new crop roll in, and me just taking my pick.
    7. Sweet Lou: See those two Betty's that were here before, they're just my Tuesday, you should see Friday.
    8. Dustin Knight: Our grills? Is there some sort of BBQ later?
    – Submitted by Chris T (20 months ago)
    1. Mr. Rivers: Dudes... get the moron out of the pool.
    2. Matt Jensen: Greeting's from the interior.
    – Submitted by Chris T (20 months ago)
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