Parties are not always as fun as they look like they should be. The distinction lies in the realm between watching people have fun and actually having fun. Case in point: Groove. Set in San Francisco over the course of one... more » night, this is the story of a rave, plain and simple. Preparation includes inhabiting an empty warehouse, finding the power supply, and sending out coded invitations. The movie kicks in as the party does, when people start arriving and the DJs start spinning. There's a nice moment early on when a cop shows up asking for the owner of the building, who is then taken on a tour of "a new Internet start-up." It becomes even funnier when the cop turns out to be smarter and more compassionate than anyone would expect. Writer-director Greg Harrison does a smart thing by focusing the story on David, a novice who's never been to a rave before, which breaks the story out of what could have been the suffocatingly insular world of rave culture. Unknowingly dosed by someone (his brother?), David is adopted by Layla, an attractive but lonely East Coast transplant who has begun to regret her party lifestyle. Other characters include a guy who's just proposed to his girlfriend, a college teaching assistant selling his own manufactured drugs, a nefarious lothario, a DJ who gets to meet his idol, and a gay couple having trouble finding the party. If the characters turn out to be just character types, that's OK because the movie itself floats by on its own high-octane enthusiasm. Groove is light and frothy entertainment with a beat you can dance to. --Andy Spletzer« less
George L. (kavadi) from BALTIMORE, MD Reviewed on 3/10/2010...
This is a really well done movie depicting an e-virgin's first time. It has it's comedic elements including a cop chugging down a bottle of water. Everytime I watch this film, I feel like going dancing
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Vibrant yet cheesy
Chris | Ontario, CA United States | 12/06/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The movie from a storyline standpoint is intruiging since there aren't many movies of this sort to choose from in the "electronic dance" (rave) scene. The movie is pretty short, although that isn't the real problem with it.The actual dialogue between the characters seemed a bit forced, such as the exchange between the promoter and one of his buddies who questions why he goes through the hassle of putting parties together anyway. Other aspects such as acting, and I hate to pick on the DJs but snaz and digweed seemed to me like they were trying to act as DJs, not actually being them, slowed the film down a bit.The energy brought into Leyla's character was a nice boost to the movie, and the scene where Dave is outside beginning to feel the effects did make me feel a bit queasy :)The film did a good job on trying to develop characters throughout the party instead of developing them beforehand and watching how they react to the different situations that occur. A nice twist since there have been many times where me and my friends will go and be completely open with people we've never met before. So, the film kind of caught a special element of the scene, which was a nice plus.It seemed most aspects were covered in the movie....there were the candy ravers, the kid who just went so he could take as many drugs as possible, the guy who goes solely for the purpose of hooking up, the first timer, the sober veteran who watches after the first timer, the happy-yet-really unstable raver girl, the ravers who go just to hear their favorite DJ, and of course, the DJs themselves. Some of these characters were developed and represented nicely, but as noted before some of the lines they were fed seem to be more pointed towards people who have no idea what goes on in the scene...a "How to..." if you will.Another neat aspect of the movie was the actual switching of the DJs themselves, and how they all had their own styles to bring. There was Snaz, who at times did a good job of representing the DJ who had to get the music going before the partiers had arrived, made some rookie spinning mistakes when they did come, only to give way to crowd-pleasing DJs who have an enormous amount of confidence in their abilities. A particular interesting turn came for Snaz, who had to perform an anxiety-riddled second set because another one of the DJs had a serious problem which prevented him from going on.I'm glad the DJs themselves got their deserving chunk in the movie, since they are an ever-growing phenomenon in the industry. When Polywog turned up the volume during "Twenty Minutes of Disco Glory" at the build-up point, it reminded me of everything that is fun about the dance scene in general.To summarize all this non-sense.....this movie could have been made better, but not all groundbreakers are masterpieces. If you've never been to a rave before, this would definitely be an interesting one to check out. If you have, it makes a good start to a collection that will hopefully grow as more and more people realize that the underground-yet-coming-up dance scene offers much more to the mind, body, and spirit than TRL on MTV ever will."
Mindblowing Night in the Life in San Francisco's Raver Scene
Luis Hernandez | New York, New York, USA | 12/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Groove" is the amazing directorial debut of documentary filmmaker Greg Harrison, who masterfully captures the life of several young adults in the underground raver community in San Francisco. Visually stunning, highly addictive rave music, and an excellent script and cast, the film "nearly jumps off the screen," as a writer for "Rolling Stone" magazine described it.The film's cast which includes Rachel True ("CB4"; "Half-Baked"; "The Craft"), Denny Kirkwood ("Never Been Kissed") and Steve Van Wormer ("Idle Hands") are all fantastic, as well as the many actors who were casted via casting calls in the San Francisco area. The appearance of many popular rave/techno deejays such as DJ Polywog and DJ Digweed also add realism and authencity to this great film. However, the two scene stealers in this film have to be Lola Glaudini who plays "Leyla" and Hamish Linklater who plays "David" a workaholic writer who can't seem to enjoy a good time. Their encounter, and instant romance was the film's main subplot, and it made the film a feel-good movie at the conclusion. Ms. Glaudini who has appeared on television's "NYPD Blue" is one of today's talented young actresses, and after seeing her in this film, I anticipate a promising career in the near future.Just like the film's tagline, "Are you feeling it?", I definitely felt the force of this independent feature film. When I read that the Catholic Archdiocese of New York City classified this film as morally offensive, I ran off to see even more so, however I found nothing offensive about it. As a Catholic, I probably will be casted to hell, however if so, I have no regrets in seeing this film. If you liked the film, I highly recommend its' soundtrack as well. Overall, groove is an experience you would not want to miss. Truly it is one of the best films of 2000."
christine_danielle78 | San Francisco, CA | 02/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While watching the movie, it brought back wonderful memories of a TRULY special time in my life. I wish it could always be, but of course the scene is constantly changing...I think it's VERY unusual to find a TRUE promoter(as in Groove) for an -underground- these days, which is the key to bring the culture back home. I read a review that said they didn't know what a wherehouse party looked like, or didn't capture the vibe or soul....well, I am a San Francisco native and that is how the party are(were) here....Watching the kids go to the 'EndUp' Sunday afternoon where all the tweekers hang after parties was killer! I really liked the fact they did NOT show any kids over-dosing or a mass of kids looking totally spun...now that's something that would be taken from Dateline or please Hollywood...Yeah, it sometimes happens, but for the true kids, that's NOT what it's about. There's music that takes your mind, body & soul to another level,meaningful friendships, new found love, and discovering that life is soo precious and beautiful, being closed minded could be hazardous to your health...Definately a collectors item!"
If you've ever wanted to go to a rave, but never did
Amar S. Acharya | Ottawa, Ontario Canada | 10/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this is the movie for you. it is short, but sweet, and unlike Go, it's actually a movie which protrays raves and ravers like they actually are in reality. was a pleasure to watch in the big screen when it came out this past summer in LA. this DVD version is supposed to include special mixes by Digweed, i'd suggest this movie to anyone with an open mind . . . PLUR"
Good... if you're not boring or a jaded raver
Joshua Yarger | soulstate | 02/05/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"okay... the people who don't like this movie seem to fall into two main categories. number one: people who don't like electronic music, and have never been to, or wanted to go to a rave in their life. and two: people who do go to parties, and think that this movie is cliche.
this movie acheives what it sets out to be, a feel good movie about the rave culture. for other rave kids out there, yes i know that this movie isn't overly realistic, but it's not real life it is a movie. they are just trying to make a slick little movie about an undergound party, not a documentary about the party culture. yes human traffic is a better movie, and a little bit closer to real life (especially for those of you that live in europe) but this movie is good for different reasons. it reminds me of just starting out in the scene, and the (some say overly cute) ending reminds me of the feeling raves give you, especially at first. the kids documented in human traffic are a little bit farther down the line, the kids in groove are still way out of the jaded raver territory.
overall, this movie probably won't change the way you look at life, but it's worth watching for sure. so just take it for what it is. another reviewer on here wrote that the american scene is all about doing "cool dance moves" and "looking cool". i think that's a funny comment coming from the european club scene (and ironically no one really dances very cooly in this movie) i liked this movie when i first started going to parties so long ago, and i like it now. quit your bitchin."