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Grind -- 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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Writer (WGA):
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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 ... Hot Mama
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 ... Buxom Girl #1

Olanna Taskey ... Woman with List (as Lanna Taskey)

Chad Fernandez ... Rival Skater #1
Alfred Briere ... Rival Skater #2

Ehren McGhehey ... Rival Skater #3

Jake Muxworthy ... Pro

Rachael E. Stevens ... Hot Girl (as Rachael Stevens)

Julia Lee ... Another Hot Girl

Shonda Farr ... Sandy

Bobcat Goldthwait ... Bell Clerk (as Bob Goldthwait)
Matt Troup ... Curious Youngster

Ryan Sheckler ... Rod St. James

Brandon Smith ... Kid #1
Dylan Rieder ... Kid #2

Karen McDougal ... Playmate #1

Donald Gibb ... Scabby Security Guy (as Don Gibb)

Bucky Lasek ... Touring Pro

Preston Lacy ... Hefty Man

Rolando Molina ... Show Security

Christine Estabrook ... Sarah Jensen

Randy Quaid ... Jock Jensen

Lindsay Felton ... Denise (as Lindsay Marie Felton)
David Bowe ... Registration Clerk

Tom Green ... Colorado Skate Shop Owner
Dalene Kurtis ... Playmate #2

Dave Foley ... Tour Manager

Shazia ... Native American Girl

Jason 'Wee Man' Acuña ... Little Timmy (as Wee Man)
Mike Carter ... MC
Shane Hunter ... Mark

Mercedes Brito ... Buxom Girl #2

Rick Martins ... Concert Security Guy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sunrise Adams ... (uncredited)

Cryss Adeff ... Skateboard Girl (uncredited)

Bob Burnquist ... (uncredited)
Kareem Campbell ... (uncredited)

Shari Eckert ... Stepmother (uncredited)
Alexander Garcia ... Skateboarder (uncredited)
Marc S. Gordon ... Skater (uncredited)

Annabella Gutman ... Party Girl (uncredited)

Sebastián Hinton ... Skateboarder (uncredited)

Kane Hodder ... Sweet Lou's "Girlfriend"'s Dad (uncredited)
Jen LaForte ... Hot Girl (uncredited)

Christina Laskay ... Skater Girl (uncredited)

Kaiwi Lyman ... Skater (uncredited)
Willy Santos ... (uncredited)

Samantha Schacher ... Kansas Skater Teenager (uncredited)

Paige Stark ... Skater Girl (uncredited)
Brian Sumner ... Himself (uncredited)

Mike Vallely ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Casey La Scala 
Writing credits
Ralph Sall (written by)

Produced by
Eyal Axelrod .... associate producer
E.K. Gaylord II .... executive producer
Bill Gerber .... producer
Casey La Scala .... producer
Hunt Lowry .... producer
Betsy Mackey .... co-producer
Patty Reed .... associate producer
Lance Sloane .... co-producer
Morgan Stone .... executive producer
Original Music by
Ralph Sall 
Cinematography by
Richard Crudo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Eric Strand 
Casting by
Nancy Nayor 
Production Design by
Perry Andelin Blake 
Set Decoration by
Claire Kaufman 
Costume Design by
Tangi Crawford 
Makeup Department
Heather Cummings .... makeup artist
Tracy Murphy .... makeup department head
Production Management
Michelle LeDoux .... production manager: second unit
Betsy Mackey .... unit production manager
Cynthia Nicolella .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard L. Fox .... first assistant director
Matt Goodman .... second unit director
Heather Grierson .... second assistant director
Keith Jones .... second second assistant director
Michelle LeDoux .... first assistant director: second unit
Richard Silva .... additional second assistant director: background action
Patrick Yew .... additional second assistant director: background action
Art Department
Dru Homer .... art department coordinator
John Paul 'J.P.' Jones .... property master
Kim Richey .... assistant property master
Gaston Wurth .... set dresser
Sound Department
Mark Agostino .... sound utility
Lance Brown .... sound re-recording mixer
Lance Brown .... supervising sound editor
Timothy A. Carpenter .... adr mixer
Timothy A. Carpenter .... foley mixer
Curt Cash .... adr recordist
Curt Cash .... sound effects editor
William Cawley .... DJ scratch effects
William Cawley .... sound designer
David P. Earle .... sound editor
Bob Fisher .... boom operator
J. Aloysius Flanagan III .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
J. Aloysius Flanagan III .... first assistant sound editor
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Robert Jackson .... supervising sound editor
Derek Marcil .... sound re-recording mixer
Coleman Metts .... production sound mixer
Marc Meyer .... sound effects editor
Stuart Provine .... sound designer
Shelley Roden .... foley artist
Lisa Varetakis .... supervising foley editor
Tania Wang .... dialogue editor
Aaron Wilcox .... facilities management
Aaron Wilcox .... re-recording projectionist
Special Effects by
Michael Clarke .... special effects technician
Josh Hakian .... special effects
Brian Avery .... stunts
Chris Carnel .... stunt performer
Shawn Crowder .... stunt driver
Ray Lykins .... fight choreographer
Ray Lykins .... stunts: punched clown
Paul E. Short .... stunt coordinator
Brian Sumner .... stunt double
Chester E. Tripp III .... stunts
Catherine Petra Villalobos .... stunt double
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Sammy Beavers .... best boy electric
Craig Bilodeau .... grip
Massimo Bordonaro .... ad/pub services
Mike Byrd .... grip
John P. Fleenor .... electrician
Steve Francis .... electrician
Thomas E. Lee .... dolly grip (as Tommy Lee)
Bill-Brady Majors .... key grip
Brian S. Osmond .... assistant camera
Justin Portwood .... key grip: stunt unit
Dale Robinette .... still photographer
Eric Roizman .... camera operator: "a" camera
Kelly Simpson .... assistant camera
Robert Stillman .... grip
Ralph Watson .... Steadicam operator
Ralph Watson .... camera operator
Casting Department
Neely Gurman .... casting associate
Debe Waisman .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Steffany Bernstein .... costume supervisor
Esther Lee .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Chris Mistorni .... first assistant editor
Dan Muscarella .... color timer
Music Department
Tim Aaron .... composer: additional music
Jim Harrison .... music editor
Michael T. Ryan .... music editor
Ralph Sall .... executive music producer
Transportation Department
Jody Bingenheimer .... driver
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator
Hardy Ophuls .... picture car coordinator
Julie Sanders .... transportation dispatcher
Dana Swartout .... production driver
Other crew
Piper Bagley .... production assistant
Scotty Brown .... assistant location manager
Danielle C. Carroll .... production assistant
Jeff Castelluccio .... production assistant
Jennifer Dunne .... location manager
Corinne Fixmer .... first accountant
Jeff Fuller .... key set production assistant
Raz Inserra .... production assistant
April A. Janow .... production accountant
Todd Kaufman .... assistant: Casey La Scala
Ryan Keating .... photo double: Joey Kern
Ryan Keating .... stand-in: Joey Kern
Jennifer Kelly .... assistant: Bill Gerber
Aileen Kiernan .... assistant: Hunt Lowry
Alex Kivlen .... key assistant location manager
Kym Langlie .... unit publicist
Tiffany Lo .... assistant: Hunt Lowry (as Tiffany Ann Lo)
Nathan Maruccio .... craft service
Jan McWilliams .... script supervisor
Leslie A. Morrow .... key assistant location manager
Scott Mosher .... assistant location manager
Brian Netto .... production assistant
Diane Pacheco .... production accountant: post-production
Peter Rawlinson .... assistant: Casey La Scala
Amanda Roberts .... production coordinator
Michael James 'Scotty' Scott .... assistant accountant
Heather Renae Shepard .... assistant: Casey La Scala
Steven E. Simon .... set production assistant
Margarita McClenon Velona .... production medic
Kaine Bennett Charleston .... second unit assistant (uncredited)
Elise Mazanek .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Rik Walters .... financing consultant (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for crude humor, sexual content and language
105 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG | Finland:K-11 | Singapore:PG (cut) | UK:12 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #40015)

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The band playing at the festival is Blindside, a Christian rock band from SwedenSee more »
Revealing mistakes: When Matt is wrestling the skateboard away from the blonde child, you can see the child behind Dustin and Eric when they switch shots.See more »
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A group of skates go from point a to point b, 14 November 2011
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

Grind is a film that will amuse its targeted audience and people who are just looking for silly escapism. Where's the harm in that? None, if that's what you're looking for, but those seeking out charm, wit, and style in their characters and plot will have to keep their head held high and continue to walk along the long road of film.

I'm not a person who skateboards. I know many who do and see no problem with it. If I attempted to do some of the things I've seen my friends do I'd probably either be in a wheelchair or be boasting to everyone. Grind makes no subtle approach that it's a film for the skaters in the world. That's not to say that if you don't shred some rails at all you'll be lost, but for a regular patron the "cool" factor on the skating scenes wears thin after a while. I'll put it this way; they are delightfully repetitive.

The story is slim, but efficient. A group of metal-heads want to venture out to Santa Monica to partake in a huge skateboarding event. They create a fake company named "Super Duper," and they hit the road. The group is made up of Eric (Vogel), Sweet Lou (Kern), Dustin (Brody), and Matt (Vieluf) who delivers the most laughs.

Everyone in the film reaches the point of likability, but no one dares to break the stereotype of just some ol' skater punks. Everyone just works out of their gender and personality roles. Notice how I didn't say anything special about each of the boys. Because they're so vaguely similar it's hard to distinguish them apart sometimes.

Much of the MTV Jackass crew make appearances throughout the film. Preston Lacy, Ehren McGhehey, Jason "Wee Man" Acuna, and Bam Margera are all seen in certain points of the film. They're like the sprinkles on top of a bland sundae. They harm absolutely nothing, but they're not a whole big part of the experience.

The best scenes take place when the group doesn't feel the need to impress the camera with their skater lingo and just be themselves. While they release some of their inner-selves to us, they only give vague representations of what they should begin to unleash throughout the whole film. Not just parts few and far between. If these characters had shown more to their persona, it might've made for more of a coming-of-age story rather than just an all out party.

Grind is charming with its amusement in itself and glistening in its innocence because it isn't trying to be bigger than it should. Take one look at the poster, and you know the film. I like how it isn't trying to hide anything from the viewer, but at the same time I don't like how it doesn't provide the viewer with enough character development to actually get familiar with them. Before many people jump all over me and say it isn't about that, stop and think. Would this film be more remembered and relatable to its audience if it developed some characters instead of caricatures? Starring: Mike Vogel, Adam Brody, Vince Vieluf, Joey Kern, Jennifer Morrison, Bam Margera, Jason "Wee Man" Acuna, Preston Lacy, and Ehren McGhehey. Directed by: Casey La Scala.

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