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Grind (2003)

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Four skaters follow their idol on his summer tour in an attempt to get noticed, get sponsored, and become stars themselves.

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Casey La Scala

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Ralph Sall

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Vogel ... Eric Rivers
Vince Vieluf ... Matt Jensen
Adam Brody ... Dustin Knight
Joey Kern ... Sweet Lou
Jennifer Morrison ... Jamie
Jason London ... Jimmy Wilson
Summer Altice ... Winona
Bam Margera ... Bam
Erin Murphy Erin Murphy ... Hot Mama
Baron La Scala Baron La Scala ... In Utero
Stephen Root ... Cameron
Sasha Jenson ... Greg (as Sasha Jensen)
Brian Posehn ... Orville the Scraggly Guy
Christopher McDonald ... Mr. Rivers
Donte Calarco Donte Calarco ... Buxom Girl #1
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Storyline

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 roadtrip 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... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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This Summer the underdogs have their day. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude humor, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deszkások See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,511,403, 17 August 2003

Gross USA:

$5,123,696

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,141,166
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scene with Sweet Lou and the high school girls is an allusion to Matthew McConaughey's line in Dazed and Confused (1993), "That's what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age." See more »

Goofs

While Lou is making out with the thief-girl in the van, he rolls down the window half-way to speak to the boy, but in the next shot the window is all the way down. The window is all the way back up when it switches view again. See more »

Quotes

Matt: [while changing blown tire on the van while Sweet Lou and the girl are in the van and it is rocking] Sweet Lou's all over this chick.
Dustin: Why does that bother you so much?
Matt: Because it's not happening to me.
Dustin: Dude, maybe if you changed your clothes like one time there might be a... I don't know.
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes during the credits, mostly skateboarding spills. See more »

Connections

References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

99 Bottles
Written by Cisco Adler and Asher Levin
Performed by SLR Whitestarr
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Blue Crush meets Road Trip with Skateboards
28 January 2004 | by mwendelSee all my reviews

Take Blue Crush and Road Trip to the asphalt with boys instead of girls. The movie is an entertaining over-the-top story about four friends who decide to make the summer more interesting by trying to live the dream of becoming pro skateboarders. Their path to potential stardom is one full of roadblocks of all shapes and kinds. Don't look for any award winning performances here, but do look for some good laughs and some good and great skateboarding sequences.

Mike Vogel, Vince Vieluf, Adam Brody and Joey Kern provide acceptable performances as stereotype characters sticking to the molds they have been given. Their performances are not bad, nor are they great, which allows the movie to be very watch-able - I don't think you'll be cringing because of poor acting, as you might have in other films. There are a lot of cameos (some good, some bad) in this movie - Randy Quaid, Christopher McDonald, Christine Estabrook, Bob(cat) Goldthwait, and Tom Green are the most recognizable ones.

If you like skateboarding and you're not going to be watching with too critical of an eye you'll enjoy the move even more than most. It's a watch-able, enjoyable movie. Hey, I didn't check my watch once to see if its almost over yet! Enjoy!


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