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Overall Rating
3.17

Awesome: 10.87%
Worth A Look32.61%
Average: 28.26%
Pretty Bad: 19.57%
Total Crap: 8.7%

5 reviews, 16 user ratings


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Groove
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by Jason Whyte

"Get yer trancin' groove jive on...not."
2 stars

The Rave. I still can't see the thrill of it. You show up, pay money to dance to Trance music, and some of them get drunk or take drugs. The people then go to work, boast what a great time it was, then get enough money to go right back to it the next time.

Greg Robinson's "Groove" doesn't add anything new to the equation, he just shows a group of despicable and stereotyped characters who have no lives and no goals, just the raves. Why does the boss put it all together? For the appreciation he gets out of it, the "nod." If he took accounting, he'd know he would be doing a job to Make Money. I don't think "the nod" is a deductable.

As the movie begins, the boss, Ernie (Steve Van Wormer) finds an old warehouse which will be the next event for a rave filled with DJ's spinning their newest mix. This sets off the movie, which introduces us to a group of characters we will soon forget: the druggie/party boy and his dance-obsessed girlfriend, his brother who is reluctant then falls into the drug, the girl that he falls in love with that wants out of the party life. Let's not forget the obligatory gay couple who can't find the party. And the interchanging DJ's themselves, who spin the records for all the partygoers.

To be fair, the Trance music is the most interesting aspect of "Groove," since it is a mixture of different synched beats that the DJ puts together. Bring one level up, another down. Sort of like "Make-Your-Own-Custom-Techno". It is an interesting form of music.

The problem is that Robinson goes way too overboard with shooting these dance scenes, which don't look that very interesting. He seems to be hinged on the "climax" moment of a song, building it up like a challenge to see if the DJ can actually make the beat. The problem is, they always do. And even if they don't, normally the beat is so fast anyway it won't matter. He spends more time on this than the conversation scenes, which mostly consist of Leyla (Lola Glaudini, who will probably be the only actor in this film to get future roles) moaning and whining about her want to change, and David (Hamish Linklater doing his best Keanu Reeves impression) who likes her and agrees with her new view on life. I'd have more sympathy for them, but these are probably the kind of people that talk during movies.

"Groove" thinks it is being a special film like "Dazed and Confused" or even "American Graffiti", the way that those films showed a major character study for people in the middle of something. Both those films went all over town. "Groove," which is poorly acted and directed (even for an independent film they could have had a FEW more shots in FOCUS!) sticks the entire 82 minute running time inside of an abandoned warehouse. That's the feeling of the entire movie.

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originally posted: 06/13/04 23:57:43
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User Comments

11/02/05 Marius This movie rulez....I wanna see more of this type 5 stars
8/25/05 tatum Trance music is great, story was done better in "American Graffitti" 3 stars
9/01/04 A upton good tunes 4 stars
10/10/03 alan olbert it captures the real rave culture.I've been to a lot of raves and it hits the nail right on 5 stars
10/01/03 Lance I loved the way it was shot. Story was slow, but I thought it totally worked for the feel. 5 stars
4/16/03 Marcos aka Dj Cancer WWWWWHHHHOOOOOAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
10/18/01 Catherine Schneider As a rave-goer I was extremely disappointed. 1 stars
9/07/01 darrin perrone great soundtack!totally sucked ass however 1 stars
8/25/01 crappy corny corny corny 2 stars
4/16/01 K Dog Made me want to dance. 4 stars
2/21/01 Rocket Boy Embarassing to the rave culture, this electronic soap opera is the worst film of 2000. 1 stars
12/22/00 Monday Morning You kids nowadays. Christ, I just don't know. You call that music? Get a haircut... 2 stars
12/11/00 The Bomb 69 I wanted to like it but it was slow and only had a few interesting moments 2 stars
7/17/00 Ace there are reasons why some movies are independent, and not backed by anyone -total cliche 1 stars
7/07/00 Thor-Leo Really enjoyed it 4 stars
6/13/00 tina yay! 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  09-Jun-2000 (R)

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  30-Nov-2000 (MA)




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