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Groove (2000)



Critic Consensus: Though high on energy and great techno tunes, Groove's characters and plotlines are too cliched to be engaging.

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Set during the course of a single evening centering on an illegal rave thrown in a San Francisco warehouse, Greg Harrison's exuberant film is really more a snapshot of the PLUR culture than a real story, but that doesn't matter in the least. Anyone who has attended any club or rave event since the Ecstasy revolution began will recognize all of the characters here: the guy whose roll doesn't start until he leaves, the over-enthusiastic candyraver, the amateur chemist, the smarmy would-be gigolo, the nervous, young DJ, the amateur philosopher, the guys who can never find the party, and so on. Indeed, Harrison doesn't leave a recognizable rave story line untouched, from the young woman (Mackenzie Firgens) who gets a shock when she finds her rolling fiancÚ (Denny Kirkwood) making out with another guy, to the inevitable self-destructive kid on GHB and nitrous. There's even a police raid and a brief appearance by superstar DJ John Digweed to keep things lively. If the film has a focus, it's the slow, reticent romance which develops between a bookish first-time raver (Hamish Linklater) and a sweet but world-weary rave veteran (Lola Glaudini) who has clubbed all over the world but forgotten to start a real life. It's an interesting commentary on the scene, and Harrison manages to realistically present both the positives and negatives of rave culture without becoming preachy on either count. The film could have easily become an anti-drug polemic on one hand or a rose-colored happycore love-fest on the other, and it is to Harrison's credit that he avoids both extremes. For better or worse, and actually quite a bit of both, this is Glowstick, U.S.A. Love it or leave it. Co-starring Rachel True from The Craft, Steve Van Wormer, Chris Ferreira, and Bing Ching as the memorably insecure DJ Snaz.more
Rating: R (Drug use, language and brief sexuality.)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Greg Harrison
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 5, 2000
Sony Pictures Classics


Hamish Linklater
as David Turner
Denny Lee Kirkwood
as Colin Turner
Mackenzie Firgens
as Harmony Stitts
Lola Glaudini
as Leyla Heydel
Vincent Riverside
as Anthony Mitchel
Rachel True
as Beth Anderson
Steve Van Wormer
as Ernie Townsend
Nick Offerman
as Sergeant Channahon
Ari Gold
as Cliff Rafferty
Angelo Spizzirri
as Todd Lowman
Jeff Witzke
as Neil Simonton
Bradley K. Ross
as Aaron Lubiarz
Lew Baldwin
as Tobin Claussen
Maggie McMullen
as Elizabeth Sun
Bill Neuman
as Chris Ferriera
Jill Jose
as Monique Adderly
Chris Stone
as Geo Lafont
Karl Ackermann
as Shep DeBone
Christoph Klotz
as Arty Phipps
Wendy Turner-Low
as Lisa Monroe
John Digweed
as Himself
Bing Ching
as DJ Snaz
Chris Ferriera
as Bill Neuman
Forest Green
as Herself
Wade Hampton
as Himself
Aaron Langridge
as Joe Torres
Monty Luke
as Himself
as Herself
Elizabeth Sun
as Maggie McMullen
Lisa Monroe
as Wendy Tuner-Low
DJ Caliban
as Himself
DJ Garth
as Himself
DJ Polywog
as Herself
John Selway
as Himself
Jonah Sharp
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Groove

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (18)

If this movie achieves anything, it makes you realize how dull parties really are.

Full Review… | April 11, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Most of the performances are stiff, and the awkward dialogue is made even worse by the way in which it is delivered.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Like drug movies from the 1960s, it's naive, believing that the problems of the straight life can be solved by dropping out and tuning in.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A curiously dorky act of hipster sincerity, less party movie than cheesy valentine.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
Top Critic

One gets the impression that going to a rave is a lot more fun than watching one. (And avoiding raves altogether seems like an even better plan.)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

By the end ... we're wishing the lot of them would either overdose or go to bed.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Groove


A perennial favorite, I gave this one another look recently, as I've apparently been on a nostalgic kick for the '90s, and I have to say that I still love this one every bit as much as I did back then.

I say this as someone who loved dance music but never had any interest in being part of that scene, this is a really fun ensemble piece that follows a disparate group of people through a rave, all brought together by their love of the music. The only thing that is distracting now is that the cop who wanders through is played by the guy who has now come to fame as Ron Swanson on Parks & Recreation on NBC, so it's hard not to be taken out of the movie by that.

Highly recommended.

I love this movie, it's got great music, colorful characters, and an ending that will leave you with a smile on your face. :) I'm sure this film appeals to me most, because of the hard-ships and the up-sides to life, that it captures. It makes me think of all the stresses that invade me every day, and reminds me that everything will eventually be ok. Two Thumbs Way Up.

Brok Spiker

the closest movie to an underground rave scene in SF, its not perfect but its pretty damn close to any old skool party kids

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