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Groove (2000)



Critic Consensus: Though high on energy and great techno tunes, Groove's characters and plotlines are too cliched to be engaging.

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On Friday, a single e-mail blips through the Internet. The word spreads quickly through the city: the party is on. Saturday evening, two hundred people secretly converge at an abandoned San Francisco warehouse. As the sun sets the records start spinning, setting into motion a night that no one will forget. Meet David Turner, a Midwest transplant. He moved to the city with aspirations of starting his career as a writer but his hopes have stalled. After four years he finds himself writing instruction manuals for a computer company. Overworked and with little social life, David spends his time alone, his dream of being a novelist a distant memory. That night, his brother Colin Turner invites him to GROOVE. Colin has a surprise for his new girlfriend, young raver sprite Harmony Stitts, and he wants David there. David reluctantly agrees and is shocked when Colin proposes to Harmony at the party. In the ensuing celebration, they take Ecstasy and suddenly, David is thrust into the world of the San Francisco underground. In a chance encounter, David meets longtime New York raver Leyla Heydel and makes an unlikely connection. Through their budding relationship, they're reminded of a sense of possibility and freedom in their lives they had all but forgotten. But as the party rages on, Colin reveals a deep secret, one that threatens to destroy his relationship with Harmony. When the sun rises the party disappears, and the chaos of the last twelve hours changes the two brothers forever.

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Denny Lee Kirkwood
as Colin Turner
Hamish Linklater
as David Turner
Mackenzie Firgens
as Harmony Stitts
Lola Glaudini
as Leyla Heydel
Vincent Riverside
as Anthony Mitchel
Rachel True
as Beth Anderson
Steve Van Wormer
as Ernie Townsend
Nick Offerman
as Sergeant Channahon
Ari Gold
as Cliff Rafferty
Angelo Spizzirri
as Todd Lowman
Jeff Witzke
as Neil Simonton
Bradley K. Ross
as Aaron Lubiarz
Lew Baldwin
as Tobin Claussen
Maggie McMullen
as Elizabeth Sun
Bill Neuman
as Chris Ferriera
Jill Jose
as Monique Adderly
Chris Stone
as Geo Lafont
Karl Ackermann
as Shep DeBone
Christoph Klotz
as Arty Phipps
Wendy Turner-Low
as Lisa Monroe
John Digweed
as Himself
Bing Ching
as DJ Snaz
Chris Ferriera
as Bill Neuman
Forest Green
as Herself
Wade Hampton
as Himself
Aaron Langridge
as Joe Torres
Monty Luke
as Himself
as Herself
Elizabeth Sun
as Maggie McMullen
Lisa Monroe
as Wendy Tuner-Low
DJ Caliban
as Himself
DJ Garth
as Himself
DJ Polywog
as Herself
John Selway
as Himself
Jonah Sharp
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Groove

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (18)

This techno-propelled mash note to the rave spirit sticks to the surface, but it burrows just far enough inside its young, confused, pleasure-seeking characters to make us care how they greet the dawn.

March 6, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The fresh-faced cast of newcomers and edgy, restless camerawork make up for the script's inherent predictability.

April 17, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

If this movie achieves anything, it makes you realize how dull parties really are.

April 11, 2001 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Achieves its high by tapping into the real thing -- the wonder of making movies.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

A little bland, but it puts you in the mood to forgive it: relaxed and mellow and accepting.

January 1, 2000

Manages to both capture the spirit of a counterculture and reflect on the essentially conventional lives of those who lose themselves in the buzz.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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