Grind (2003)



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

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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 his renowned skate team immediately, right? Unfortunately, the guys are intercepted by Jimmy's road manager and they can't get their foot in the door, much less their boards. But they do get some free advice: keep skating, stay true to yourself, and stay in the game--if you're good, you'll get noticed. Following their dream-- and Jimmy's national tour--Eric, Dustin and Matt start their own skate team, reluctantly sponsored by Dustin and his college fund. After recruiting laid-back ladies man Sweet Lou to join their crew and provide the wheels for their tour, team "Super Duper" launches the ride of their lives in an outrageous road trip from Chi-town to Santa Monica. The professional scene doesn't exactly welcome "nobody" skaters, but these outsiders stick together through extreme misadventures. In their quest to go pro, they meet professional vet skating champions Bucky Lasek, Bob Burnquist and Pierre Luc Gagnon, skate pro Bam Margera and his crew Preston Lacy, Ehren "Danger" McGhehey and Jason "Wee Man" Acuña, as well as sexy skate chick Jamie as they grind handrails across America and force the skateboarding world to give'em a piece of the action.
PG-13 (for crude humor, sexual content and language)
Action & Adventure , Comedy
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Mike Vogel
as Eric Rivers
Vince Vieluf
as Matt Jensen
Adam Brody
as Dustin Knight
Joey Kern
as Sweet Lou
Jason London
as Jimmy Wilson
Randy Quaid
as Mr. Jensen
Summer Altice
as Winona
Chad Gernandez
as Rival Skater #1
Christine Estabrook
as Sarah Jensen
Erin Murphy
as Hot Mama
Shonda Farr
as Sandy
Lindsay Felton
as Dawn Jenson
Robert Baker
as Chuck the Bully
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Critic Reviews for Grind

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (27)

Suitable entertainment for boys too young to shave.

Full Review… | February 27, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Brody and Vogel anchor the cast, portraying likeable, charismatic dudes with a friendship that is genuine and enduring in spite of their differences.

Full Review… | August 21, 2003
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Among those rare films that starts at the bottom and burrows downward.

August 21, 2003
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

The worst movie of the summer.

Full Review… | August 21, 2003
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

A logo-laden celebration of the joys of sponsorship wrapped inside an innocuous teen-pic package.

Full Review… | August 19, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Grind

Really funny movie, great male buddy movie. The guys crack me up, especially Vince Vieluf that plays Matt. He deserved to be in a lot more big movies. Their early 2000's clothes and styles take me back to the good ol' days. A lot of hot babes in it too! I also like the commentary from the guys all watching it after some years, cool to know inside information on it. I bought Grind on Amazon last week after I had seen it on cable. Grind is definitely one of my favorite movies and I'm glad to own it now. I highly recommened people see Grind.

Blake Bentley
Blake Bentley

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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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At the time, skateboarding was a big thing. Now tony hawk is no cooler than david blaine.

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