High school graduate Eric Rivers has a dream – he wants to be a professional skateboarder, someone who gets paid for traveling across the country to perform in skate demonstrations. To fulfill his dream, he convinces his two friends, the goal-oriented Dustin and misfit slacker Matt, to follow the national tour of skating legend Jimmy Wilson. Eric figures that, if Jimmy can see them skate, he’ll help them get a sponsor so they can start their own professional tour.
After recruiting laid-back ladies man Sweet Lou to join their team and provide his van, the boys set out on an outrageous road trip from Chicago to Santa Monica. A series of comical misadventures, however, conspires to keep them from their goal. Eric sees his dream slipping away until he meets a beautiful female skater named Jamie.
GRIND is a mildly amusing look at the world of skateboarding. The title refers to the stunt of scraping one or both axles of a skateboard on a curb, railing, or other surface. Older children and teenagers will be attracted to the performance of this and many other spectacular stunts. Regrettably, however, the stunts and the comedy are peppered with an excessive amount of implied sexual promiscuity, bathroom humor, and PG-13 foul language. Also, the perks of being a professional skateboarder involve getting all the girls, booze, and money that a growing young man wants. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® cannot really recommend this movie.
Instead of making something like this, the filmmakers could have made a redemptive version of something like THE KARATE KID. That probably would gain a much wider audience and create a more compelling look at the world of professional skateboarding, which can be quite an amazing sport.
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SUMMARY: The story of GRIND centers on recent high school graduate Eric Rivers, who recruits his friends to pursue his dream of becoming a professional skateboarder. Regrettably, however, the stunts and the comedy are peppered with an excessive amount of implied sexual promiscuity, bathroom humor, and PG-13 foul language.
(PaPa, LLL, V, SS, N, A, DD, MM) Pagan worldview stressing the importance of getting girls, money, fame, and party fun; 33 obscenities, three strong profanities, two light profanities, obscene gesture, passing gas, man secretly uses RV bathroom owned by someone else, skater tips over porta-potty and he and his friends have to clean it up, brief image of feces in porta-potty; some comical pratfalls and skaters fall down trying to do difficult stunts; light verbal reference to masturbation, verbal references to sexual promiscuity, young man in his early 20s preys on high school students (shown flirting with them and he tells friends that he makes out with one girl for each day of the week, young man flirts with several women and eventually asks them, “Wanna make out?”, kissing, a couple shown lying down and kissing in back of van (nothing really explicit, however); upper and rear male nudity and implied nude dancing (but nothing revealing shown); alcohol use; smoking and marijuana references; and, miscellaneous immorality such as woman steals two vans and two young men sneak into someone else’s RV.
GENRE: Comedy/Sports Comedy