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.

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Critic Reviews for Grind

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (28)

A wan attempt to transpose the sports-movie formula onto the extreme-sports scene, Grind achieves extremes only of lameness.

Jan 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Suitable entertainment for boys too young to shave.

Feb 27, 2007 | Full Review…

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

Aug 21, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

Aug 21, 2003

The worst movie of the summer.

Aug 21, 2003 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 19, 2003

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
Alex roy

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

Nay Nay Bauer
Nay Nay Bauer

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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
Joseph Eastmond

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