Groove (2000)



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

Movie Info

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, … More

Rating: R (Drug use, language and brief sexuality.)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Greg Harrison
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On DVD: Dec 5, 2000
Sony Pictures Classics


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as Harmony Stitts

as Leyla Heydel

as Anthony Mitchel

as Beth Anderson

as Ernie Townsend

as Sergeant Channahon

as Cliff Rafferty

as Todd Lowman

as Neil Simonton

as Aaron Lubiarz

as Tobin Claussen

as Elizabeth Sun

as Chris Ferriera

as Monique Adderly

as Geo Lafont

as Shep DeBone

as Arty Phipps

as Lisa Monroe

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as Joe Torres

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as Maggie McMullen

as Wendy Tuner-Low

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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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