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Grind (2003)



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

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 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" Acuņa, 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.more
Rating: PG-13 (for crude humor, sexual content and language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ralph Sall
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 27, 2004
Box Office: $5.1M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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
Chad Gernandez
as Rival Skater #1
Christine Estabrook
as Sarah Jensen
Erin Murphy
as Hot Mama
Lindsay Felton
as Dawn Jenson
Robert Baker
as Chuck the Bully
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News & Interviews for Grind

Critic Reviews for Grind

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (29)

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.

Full Review… | 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

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

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.

Joseph Eastmond

Super Reviewer

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

Nay Nay Bauer

Super Reviewer

Grind Quotes

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

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